ok.. so i got the tranny out today.
.. worked on it for a little less than 3 hours.. so total removal time it right at 5 hours. not bad for my first time and all by myself..
But this day could have and almost got really bad
.. B/c I almost crushed myself in the process.. Im ok though..
doin this by your self is do-able, but you gotta pay attention...
anyway.. So when I jacked the truck up, i figured it would make this ten times easier.. not the case.. i forgot to check how high my jack went.. not high enough.
So i made a small platform for the jack to sit on out of 4x4's and 2x6's toped with a sheet of plywood.. not the greatest for rolling a jack on, but it worked.. I later remembered i had some 16gauge steel i could have topped it with to roll easier, but ohwell.. ill do it when i reinstall..
So here goes the pics...
Pulled the carpet back to get to the tranny access panel.. (block of wood held the carpet back)
Tranny access panel out..
here you can see my little platform... oh and for eveyone who is thinking about doing this with a regular jack, DONT
use the straps like i did.. when lowering the jack they get loose causing the tranny to do what it wants.. I figured out later the right way.. which is hook directly to the pad..
transfer case stayed on.. many people say take it off, but i managed to do it with it on..
crossmember removed.. you can definatelytell i have an oil leak.. lol
Ok, so here is where i was trying to pull the tranny back, cuz i thought i had all the bolts out. but i didnt.. lol.. so i removed what i thought was the last bolt and tried again with no luck. finally found the last one hiding next to the catalytic converter..
almost forgot to take these off.. dont know what they do though... all i know oil was coming out of em..
once it was off the block and back a little, i put a strap here to keep it from tipping back with that heavy transfer case back there..
holding it up while i removed my makeshift platform. then rolled the jack back under and tied it down correctly( no pics of that. ill get one tomorrow..)
and its out..
thats all i got done today..
tomorrow ill replace the rear main seal, clean tranny(and possibly paint depending on the tempurature), jack engine up and replace oil pan gasket and pump if i can get it high enough... and of course ill be snappin pics the whole time