Well, I was finally getting the Jeep back together after about a year of it sitting. I had a bad throw-out bearing, which I just replaced. Got the transmission in no problem. Went to get the T-case in, and the gears wouldn't line up. I pulled back on the T-case, knowing what was about to happen. And it did. Output shaft fell out, and all the needle bearings with it.
So, two questions -
1. Is there any way to "mod" the trans so it won't do this ever again?
2. Is there any way to put the bearings back in a "field-expedient" manner, i.e., without removing the transmission again? I haven't been inside there since I rebuilt it about 4 years ago, so I'm a little shaky.
The Jeep Gods have not been kind to me lately.