Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Orange County, Ca
Ah.... finally. I got my transmission back in, with all bottom bolts on! Over the next couple of days, I'll get the bolts on the top of the bell housing back on. I should be able to drive it within the week!
The keys I found to getting the transmission joined to the engine were these:
1. Use the transmission jack, slowly. Feel around, look at the angles, as it gets higher, it'll have to get closer, slowly... slowly.
2. Jack up the front of the engine until the rear-top of the engine (valve cover) is almost touching the firewall. Be careful of hoses streaching.
3. The angle is critical, I found that the ring gear of the flywheel can used in reference to the bell housing to get the angles right.
4. Make sure the transmission is straight up and down, I had to start over when I realized my transmission was rotated two or three degrees relative to the engine.
5. If you get the angle and rotation right, it takes almost no force, and just a little wiggling to get it in.
I didn't have to drop the y-pipe, I just disconnected it from the rear section of the exhaust, so that I could use a jack to jack up the front of the engine.