Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Boise, ID
Bronco Info: 1981 300ci 6cyl w/4bbl conversion. 4spd NP-435 manual. 32" tires.
No. When I did mine improperly, the TC wasn't seated all the way, and that motor was JAMMED. I couldn't get it to turn over to save my life. I, too, thought it was something else. Replaced the starter (at least got a new starter out of it), starter solenoid, checked wiring, etc. But a improperly seated TC will jam the engine so hard it won't budge.
Finally pulled them apart, seated it correctly, and put it back together, and it fired right up the first try. Just be glad you don't have to do it in a compact front wheel drive car.
March 2016 FOTM
1981 Bronco. 300 I6. 450cfm QuickFuel 4bbl. BFG A/T KO2 32x11.5" tires. NP-435 trans. EFI exhaust manifolds. 2.5" Exhaust. DUI performance ignition. Redhead steering box.