BUILD THREAD 87 CuTTlass EFI build: 2/28/19-new goodies!!

84dragcutlass

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I have to admit i looked at that trans on the engine stand and said to myself "why exactly have i never done that??" All these years of transmissions on tables...
 
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I have to admit i looked at that trans on the engine stand and said to myself "why exactly have i never done that??" All these years of transmissions on tables...
I have to say I can't take credit for it. Donovan suggested it when I was trying to figure out how to work on it. I can't justify spending the money on the tool that holds it, and don't have a welder, etc.
For doing just the shift kit this way will work great, but I wouldn't be able to tear the trans down with it mounted like this.
 
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My cousin happens to be a welder. Years ago he had to rebuild his transmission in his truck and made a side saddle deal out of some scrap steel which held the transmission sideways on the engine stand. It was a torquflite, but I didn't hold that against him. I considered him a genius for making that rig. Pretty cool. He could spin the transmission around wherever he needed it to either pull the guts, put them back in, flip it over and put the valve body bits together.

He was a big Mopar fan and I always feigned that I didn't know jack about Chrysler stuff so I never got asked to help other than just hand him a tool or two. I drank many of his beers watching him work and jaw-jacking the evening away in his garage. Admit to nothing, act like you don't know shit, and you can get out of having to do a lot of free labor. :)
 
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Can't wait to see this rig move under its own power. I'm sure you can't either!
 
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Can't wait to see this rig move under its own power. I'm sure you can't either!
Not at all man, it's been 3ish years since it was running with the 355! It takes me longer than some due to various reasons, but even my girl's are excited (neither the 8 or 4 year old has rode in it.).

My 8 yr old saw the engine in it yesterday and got excited which helps boost my motivation and momentum. What doesn't help is the long nights are catching up and I woke up feeling like crap!!! Oh well, part of the process.
 
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I am not a welder, nor do I endorse my welding advice. BUT I made this out of scrap and it worked. Bolted it to my engine stand so I could rotate the trans.

Cost 1 hour of my time, had the scraps from stuff that I scavenged from the yard at work that was rusting in a corner. Just make sure that you have an adjustable stop where the peice of square is in the middle or the trans will swing, it's scary when it does that on a rotation.

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Ok Scott I'm all caught up and waiting for my next installment. By the way the wheels look awesome and so dose the rest of the car.
 
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Ok Scott I'm all caught up and waiting for my next installment. By the way the wheels look awesome and so dose the rest of the car.
Thanks for checking in Eric, and thanks for the compliments. I'm currently working on the shift kit which has been fighting me a bit (that's par for the course for me). Hoping to have it finished tomorrow(need a couple roll pins and different size drill bits).
 
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Made decent progress again. I got the shift kit 90% done! I just need to pickup the right size drillbits for the separator plate, then reassemble this turd!
I have to give a shout out to MotorheadMike...he posted a trick he used to aid the install of the boost valve and it definitely helped a bunch!!! Thanks again Mike for sharing your knowledge, that's why this forum is GREAT!!!! Time to crash, and hopefully button this 80E up tomorrow.
 
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Made decent progress again. I got the shift kit 90% done! I just need to pickup the right size drillbits for the separator plate, then reassemble this turd!
I have to give a shout out to MotorheadMike...he posted a trick he used to aid the install of the boost valve and it definitely helped a bunch!!! Thanks again Mike for sharing your knowledge, that's why this forum is GREAT!!!! Time to crash, and hopefully button this 80E up tomorrow.
Don't you dare implicate me in being "helpful"! Just think of what it could do to my reputation?

We're all waiting for full send on this thing. Carry on. ;)
 

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