There was a show on cable the other night, where Jesse James, the
custom motorcycle maven went to Iraq with his crew for a week. The
objective was to work with the military guys over there to rebuild a
Humvee into a custom that could do wheelies.
Well, it was pretty embarrassing. They put a tranny in and did not
put fluid into it before putting it in the vehicle. That was on the
advice of some of the Army mechanics, who said they had done it without
fluid lots of times and it wasn't necessary. They started it up,
tried to get it into going, and the wheels barely moved. Turns out
the gears in the torque converter broke!
Then, apparently the HV they were working on was a smaller, diff model
one, because they couldn't swap trannies or parts. So, Jesse tried to
heli arc weld the gears. Then they re-assembled it and it failed
Really was quite an amazing screw up for a bunch of guys that are
supposed to be pros. I'm no tranny expert, but I'd never put together
a metal pump without making sure it had some lube before starting it
up. And I'm not sure what the point to skipping putting some oil in
before assembly was. Doesn't seem like it would have saved more than a
couple mins time.
In the end, they wasted a day because of this and without parts,
couldn't get it going before they had to quit and return home. They
did ship the HV back to LA and Jesse got it going there.