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Unread 12-28-2009, 12:08 PM   #1
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How do you remove shifter assembly from t-18?

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.

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Unread 12-28-2009, 12:15 PM   #2
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Unread 12-28-2009, 12:16 PM   #3
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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.

edit: Ah, yes... the pin. Thanks, 83.

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Unread 12-28-2009, 12:26 PM   #4
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PS - there is a pin that goes through the shifter housing under the cup you unscrew. This pin is what keeps the shifter from spinning (there is a groove in the shifter it slides into)

Make sure not to drop the pin into the trans when removing the shifter. Once you carefully remove the shifter get the pin as well so there is no chance of it going antywhere.
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Unread 12-28-2009, 12:42 PM   #5
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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.
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Unread 12-28-2009, 01:11 PM   #6
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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.
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Unread 12-28-2009, 01:25 PM   #7
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Awesome. I'll pull the whole thing then. Thanks for the advice. This is the first time I've ever pulled a transmission, so I'm up for any advice.
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Unread 12-28-2009, 02:57 PM   #8
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Ok, so the transmission and t-case are out. How do you stop the flywheel from turning when youtry to rremove the clutch?
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Unread 12-28-2009, 05:04 PM   #9
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Use a short small piece of chain and hook from a bellhousing bolt to a spot on the clutch then loosen
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Unread 12-28-2009, 06:07 PM   #10
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couple of ways
Screw one of the bolts back in that held the bellhousing, use a large flat screw driver, insert the blade into the flywheel teeth and leverage against the bolt.

Use an impact wrench

Impact nice for disassembly. You will need a good way to hold it though for torqueing during reassembly.
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