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post #1 of 7 Old 05-20-2016, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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Cj 1 step forward, 2 steps back

rebuilt my 258 b/c of a cracked piston. finished install this week and motor runs like a top! HOORAY! Problem is, cj7 won't engage tranny. Is it possible that i missed when i mated the engine and tranny? it bolted together cleanly and did not seem to be in a bind. is it possible that the transfer case is in nuetral? Sure would be nice to get back rolling. Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-20-2016, 07:01 AM
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-20-2016, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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ur probly right, sort of. i did install clutch, but i believe it is installed backwards. On the center slined hole, the long side should face tranny, short side face engine. i'll bet it's flipped backwards. have to repull engine and check. sigh. no other explanation.
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I'd check the transfer case shifter first! Also verify clutch linkage is proper and not holding clutch released. Could also be the clutch fork not installed properly so it is pushing the throw-out bearing in holding things released...
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ur probly right, sort of. i did install clutch, but i believe it is installed backwards.
IF this is what happened, I've been there and done that brother, feel your pain. It's not a mistake you make twice in your life.

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post #7 of 7 Old 05-26-2016, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Well, good news first. The clutch was indeed flipped around. Can't believe i did that. Problem resolved. New prob to chase down? Hot tranny and leaking tranny fluid somewhere. Love catching up on 30+ years of neglected yet required and recommended maintenance. Wish I had bought this jeep new 32 years ago instead of used a few years ago. It would probly be a lot better maintained. But I've wanted one for as long as I can remember, so............ONWARD AND UPWARD!!!
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