Trying to remove my transmission to work on clutch. Vehicle is '76 cj-7 with t-18b and 258. I need to take off the shifter to drop the transmission and can't for the life of me figure out how to take it off. I searched on here, and there are several references to "remove the shifter", but none of them explain how to do it.
Can anyone tell me how to get it off? Or the whole top cover plate? I don't want to start hammering on the plate and break something internal.
You should just be able to unscrew the cup from the base of the shifter (top of the transmission). It's very finely threaded so take care when unscrewing. The shifter should pull out easily after that.
It's out. I tapped VERY gently on the base of the cover and the whole cover pulled loose.
Next question.....after looking for the 100th or so time, it looks like there are 4 bolts holding the transmission to the bellhousing. Is that correct? it looks like 3 that are 9/16 and one on the drivers side that appears to be 7/8.
If you want to work on the clutch you do not want to unblot the trans from the bellhousing - you want to unbolt the bellhousing from the engine. There are 6 bolts I believe. The 4 top ones are the same size and the two bottom ones are the same size. (forget the sizes)
The trans and bellhousing will come off as a unit with the T/O bearing and shifter arm still attached. Then your clutch will be sitting right there for you to replace.
Make sure to replace the T/O bearing and pilot bushing as well while you are in there. A halfway decent clutch kit should have come with these two items.
Building a Jeep is like playing golf, every now and then you get a good shot that makes you believe, hey I can do this!