No problem... have you made a couple of alignment dowels to get the pump
lined up correctly? If not, they're pretty simple to make. Get a length of
5/16"-18 all-thread from your local hardware store. Cut two pieces about 4"
long. Screw these into opposite holes where the pump bolts thread into.
Now you can slip the gasket and pump onto the alignment dowels, and start
the other 5 pump bolts. Unscrew the dowels, and put the final two bolts in,
then torque them down.
This is much easier than trying to line things up by hand, hoping not to
shift/tear the gasket in the process.
that's a good idea for sure, i ended up just getting lucky, and it
plopped nicely into place :)
so now its all done, tranny is snug against the block, so now i need to
psych myself up for the next part... bolting the flywheel/flex plate to
the torque converter.
much fun is anticipated :P
I wish I had thought to mention it previously... startup procedure is
important as well. My Torqueflite gurus recommend prefilling the torque
converter before installing it. Then, after the transmission is installed
and before starting the engine, fill it with 4 or 5 quarts of ATF. Start
the engine w/ the transmission in neutral, and fill with the remaining ATF
as necessary. Tom and others may have more specific info about this.
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