I emailed novak last night and they emailed me back..we cannot send out the instructions, however we have on occasion sold the instructions before the purchase of a rebuild kit and then credit the instruction price towards the kit price.
I just discovered something else! If I move my entire drivetrain back about 6 inches my transfer case shifters are then going to be about 6 inches further back also. This is going to put them underneath the passenger seat!!! What do I do to relocate the twin stick setup that is cast in with the dana18 tcase!?!?
I called novak and advance adapters and they say they have nothing available to solve this problem. They both pretty much said you have to bend the levers and cut new holes in your floor in order to retain the dana18 Oh well this is probably just ONE of those things that I forgot about when dreaming up this conversion.
I have a new problem I think...I was looking through some of the stuff that came with my engine and tranny and noticed that I cannot turn the transmission by hand unless it is in neutral! Is this normal? I sure would think you would be able to turn it by hand fairly easy, especially in low gear!
I just remembered that I havent even told you guys what trans I am going to use!!! Chevy 4.3 out of a 2000 s10 blazer mated to a T98 4 SPEED TRANS which will then be mated to my current dana 18 tcase which will send power to my bone stock dana 44 and dana 25 axles (we will see how long I can make the dana 25 last with 3 times the HP!)
Now back to my question... I try to turn it hard enough until it hurt my hands and then I quit. So I need to at least take the top cover off and have a look see at what might be causing this but before I even remove the top cover/shifter I want to have a good reference to look at. When I rebuilt my dana 18 tcase I got the instructions from novak's website but I can't seem to find anything on the t98! maybe novak has since removed their instructions for some reason? So my question is if somebody can point me in a direction to getting good reliable instructions of some sort?
I tore down the T98 pretty far...as far as I want to with these poor instructions anyway, I compared what I had with what the pictures looked like in the book and it looks like it was assembled correctly but it simply cant be because I reassembled and it still does the same thing, stuck in high gear. I think it has to to with the 3rd 4th syncro but it looks complicated and as soon as I slide that shift collar out it looks like there are 4 "uh-oh" springs and balls inside of it. Does ANYBODY have a decent rebuild manual for this trans that I can look at??
I am still fighting my tranny woes...I got the trans put back together and it now shifts through all the gears well but it doesn't bolt up to the adapter that i have. I think I am going to have to find a t18 out of a ford and then put my guts into that to make it work. PITA!!!
Just a thought before jumping into a Ford T18, What transfer case center input locating bore does your Dana 18 have? It will be either 3-5/32" (most common for a 18) or 4"? I am not sure but I don't think you can use a 4" adaptor on a 3-5/32" bore, or a 3-5/32" on a Ford T18 as the rear bearing of the trans will differ in size and locates the adaptor. I know Novak makes one for each bore size for a Ford T18 and they wont interchange. I would first , find out what size the bore size of the transfercase is, Second, what size the adaptor is, and then find a trans that will fit the adaptor. Does the adaptor not fit up to the T98 because of the bearing size? If I remember right I think the T98 was only used with the Dana 20 and all 20s have the 4" bore size. Hope this helps.
i think you are right on all accounts. I am 99% sure my tcase is the small hole but I am not going to buy anything until I am 100% sure. I need to go down to the junk yard and see if they have any t18's or 98s laying around that I can measure and match up with my bellhousing and tcase. I might do that today.
Dont over look the IH Scouts and travelalls, no one ever looks at them but you can find a T18 and a dana 20 in some of them. Trans out of one would cost way more than it is worth to mate to a Jeep but the mainshaft will silde right into a Ford T18 2 wheel drive trans, and adding the adaptor to the rear face of the 2 wheel drive trans is simple to do. I have seen a Scout T18 with a dana 20 on it already out just laying on the ground before. I still dont know why I didnt take the adaptor as I am sure they have no idea of what it is and would have got it for 5 or 10 bucks.