Why do I do this to myself?
Had the week between Christmas and New Years off, so thought it would be good to take a couple of days and refresh the transmission in Milo. Hope was to take 3-4 days and refresh the syncros/dogs and update the LSD to 47%. Gathered up all the tools used when building the transaxle in the GTV6 just in case.
The wife bought me some anerobic sealer, and LSD friction plates for Christmas - lovely woman. When I cracked the case open the day after Christmas - uh-oh! Looks like water sat in this trans for a while. The ring gear had heavy pitting on several teeth. Can't just re-use that. Guess the job just got more involved.
Didn't have a good 39-11 to replace with, so the 41-10 will need to go in. Fortunately one of my parts boxes was from a Milano, because the GTV6 version uses a gear drive for the speedo. It took a day to rebuild the syncros and set the pinion depth. Only to realize late that night - lying in bed - that the depth was in MM not thousandths. So it should be set to +0.002 not 0.007. Blah.
Redid the pinion depth then took the rest of the day to set the carrier bearing preload and ring gear backlash. Assembly followed the next day.
"new" isostatic linkage, patch the hole in the rear exhaust pipe where it hit the half shaft, get the center section shoved forward enough to prevent it from happening again. Oh yeah - and repair the clutch hard line that sheared off during removal because of corrosion. And replace the driveshaft carrier bearing. You know - the normal stuff!
2:00 yesterday and it is back together. Go to move it from the garage and only have 2 gears. 3rd and 4th. Lateral bar on the isostatic was damaged during install of the trans. Drop the center exhaust, disconnect the driveshaft and drop the front of the trans for access. Replace the link and all back together. 5:15 PM - glass of wine.
Did I mention that the high on Sunday and Monday was -9°F? Garage was OK, but not warm. Oh, and the boy's car decided to have clutch hydraulic issues in the mix.
In the end, it got me to work this morning. Shifter feels wonderful and at -9° again, I was able to engage 2nd. Never could do that when cold before. Need to get used to the noises again - takes a week or so to believe that the job was really done right. Until then pins and needles.
Then need to order up a converter from Dakota Digital to get the speedo reading correctly. Still have a weepy rear caliper on the right, and it will take weeks to get the park brake adjusted again.
There was actually a point in time, when I cracked the case, that I thought about going out and buying a different car. But then I realized that I would probably end up with another Alfa. Or something broken at least.
Here's to a great 2018!
84 Spider - Long gone, but started the addiction; 85 GTV6 - Current project, Supercharged, Mega Squirt; 88 Verde - "Milo" It has a name, must be a keeper