I'm looking at doing my first clutch.
I have a 3sp toploader, and a 5.0 block based on the E7TE stamp. I found the steps below on another site and have some questions:
1. Before raising the car, remove the transmission gear shift selector lever boot retainer and slide the boot upward on the selector lever. Remove the selector lever retaining bolts and remove the selector lever from the control assembly being careful not to lose the two trunnions and springs. The remaining shift linkage may be left on the transmission during removal.
** Also a good idea to disconnect the battery at this point***
2. Disconnect the drive shaft from the rear U-joint flange. Slide the drive shaft off the transmission output shaft and install the extension housing seal installation tool into extension housing to prevent lubricant leakage.
*** Or take a gear oil bath***
3. Disconnect the speedometer cable from the extension housing.
4. Disconnect the parking brake at the equalizer bar and support the engine with a transmission jack. Not optional
*** This will save the show later where people kaugh till they cry watching a fat man on a creeper trying to get leverage to keep the tranny from falling as the jack is squirting out from under it because the tailshaft is hung up.
There should also be a step here that says to disconnect all wires from the transmission at this point as they'll hang you up later.
5. Remove the extension housing-to-engine rear support attaching bolts.
6. Raise the rear of the engine with the transmission jack. Disconnect the frame crossmember at the frame and remove the crossmember and engine rear support as a unit.
7. Support the transmission on a jack and remove the bolts that attach the transmission to the flywheel housing.
8. Move the transmission and jack rearward until the transmission input shaft clears the flywheel housing. If necessary, lower the engine enough to obtain clearance for transmission removal.
Additional steps should have been listed
9. Disconnect the starter cable
10. Remove the starter.
11. Remove the Equalizer bar and mounting brackets
12. Unbolt the Bell Housing, and rotate away from the engine. It's about 25 lbs and comes off fast!
13. Unbolt the pressure plate in a criss cross pattern. Again, it's heavy and comes off quick.
14. Unbolt the Flywheel. When the screws are out, it is hanging by a thread! It's heavy and has major doofus potential. The scatter shield will be close behind.
Based on steps 6 and 7 it looks like 2 jacks are needed. Is that correct? Yes
How much does the toploader weigh? With and without the bell? 97lbs without
Am I better off separating the tranny from the bell housing? Oh Yeah!
What are common "gotcha's?"
1 Wiring to Tranny
2 Leaking Fluid
3 Bellhousing falling off
4 Pressure plate and clutch coming off unexpectedly
5 Flywheel and Scatter Shield falling if not ready for it.
I've read about cutting the heads off some bolts for use as guides in stabbing the tranny, and using a piece of string to help in holding the throw out bearing in place while assembling, what other tips and tricks will help?
Thanks in advance.