I took an engine and tramsmission out of an 87 full-sized van and put
it in my truck but now the transmission won't engage. It worked fine
in the van. The fluid level on the dipstick looks good, and I let it
run in gear for a little while so the fluid would circulate.
If he changed the engine and tranny as a unit, the flywheel and torque
convertor should be
the ones that came with the combo. Are they, amigo?
And we'll assume that the driveshaft coupled up perfectly (or halfshafts, as
the case may be).
I think I would try to readjust the shift and throttle linkages manually one
more time, carefully,
before going deeper.
Most likely, but one point is to approach it systematically and be sure...at
that you have cleared the way to the next step.
Although it is unlikely that the tranny went belly up during the transplant,
even that is
The van it came out of is an '87 chevrolet.
And no it was never turned upside down. I did almost no work on the
transmission so it sat on the floor of my shop for the couple months
that it was out of the vehicle.
Did you put a new tranny filter in it when you installed the tranny? If so,
are you sure you got the old O-Ring out of the hole where the filter plugs
in? Did you get the new O-Ring properly seated before you pushed in the
filter? This can cause a common obstruction.
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