Work Begins

Before work began, I decided to take care of an
issue I'd already had to deal with on the previous Ranchero:
The C6 transmission does not have a detachable bell housing,
so the car has to be at least 2 feet off the ground in order to
slide the tranny out. On the first Ranchero, we did this with
jack stands extended to their rickety maximum height
(a little scary to be underneath).

On my next project (the Mach 1 Mustang) we opted for ramps,
but they were a pain because they got in the way.
So, with jack stands and ramps on the unfavorable list,
I opted to build some cribbing to put under the wheels.

I was a little dismayed at the cost: it turned out to be $80
worth of 4x6 and 2x4 lumber. Yikes. Oh well, it was worth it.

The next day, the car was up on the cribbing, the hood was off,
the sun was out, the beer was cold,

and the engine was a rusty and greasy mess.

I shook off the apprehension, opened a beer, and got busy.

Several beers later... success.

Next order of business was to wheel out the tranny and
take back the rented tranny jack.

While I was doing that, Dad busied himself with some dismantling...

And some more dismantling...

By the end of the day, we were looking at the big greasy
hole that the engine and tranny once occupied.

What a mess, where's the wire brush?

The wire brush would have to wait for now, it was time
to start shipping off work to the local shops. The tranny
was ready to be taken Gil's Transmissions in the morning.

The next day, the car was an empty shell poised high in the air,
the tranny was off to Gil's...

...and it was time to do some more engine dismantling.

Until there was nothing left to dismantle.

Oooo, car parts. I think it's time to call Reynolds machine shop.


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