As you can see from the raindrops on
the case, mother
nature wasn't on my side. Oh well, I'll let the car (and
my borrowed Bud Light E-Z Up) be my umbrella.
After much less wrangling and numerous
the periodic dumping of accumulated rainwater coming
from pockets atop the wind-blown E-Z Up, the tranny was
in (the torque converter was correct this time).
Unfortunately the transmission cross
member was not
cooperating (i.e. the frame holes weren't lining up),
so I decided to call it a day leaving the transmission
tail shaft supported by a jack stand.
After a couple of days' rest, it was
time to show
that transmission cross member who was boss...
Here was the problem: the bolts in the
rear transmission mount
slots were slid to their maximum and this was as close as I
could get to lining up the bolt hole. We tried ropes and brute
force without success. Help finally came from a well known
and trusted ally: Channel lock pliers.
Finally, the tranny was in and the cross
bolted in place. As an extra added bonus, the
passenger side header threaded into place effortlessly.
It was a good day.
With limited time, the next day was
light duty: finish bolting
up passenger side header and install the seats...
It was nice to be able to do this. A
few days ago I was wondering
if I was ever going to be able to do this: flashback to the seat
mounting stud debacle that took place while the tranny was in the shop:
Yeah, that's a pipe wrench. When you
have to use a pipe
wrench to work on a car, you know something's wrong.
In this case, it was rust (and lots of it). After a good douching
with penetrating oil, only 2 studs came out via conventional
means (i.e. 2 nuts and a crescent wrench); as for the other
6 studs: 3 yielded to the gentle persuasion of the pipe wrench
and 3 broke under the not-so-gentle persuasion of the pipe
wrench. The last 3 needed to be drilled out and re-tapped
(lots of cussing that day).
But it was worth it. After all the cussing, twisting and drilling,
I was back in the saddle again.
Kudos to Rob Hollar on the reupholster job.