Productive day. Got the transmission 80% rebuilt. Still need to clean the tailhousing and replace the 2 oil seals, but the heat index got up to 105, so I called it quits a little early.
Special thanks to Yellow85CJ who PM'd me tips
. Really made the difference in this thing going together without too much trouble.
The Crown kit I ordered had plastic thrust washers. Now I'm not a engineer, but it goes against my grain to use plastic
. My original washers showed little wear and measured the exact thickness as the plastic ones.
I bought some 5/8 and 3/4 wooden dowels to use as the arbor tool. Cut to fit in the reverse and counter shafts, soaked in oil and chamferred the edges. Worked like a charm holding the needle bearings in place.
Reverse and counter shaft installed to verify end play. Both were dead on and the dowel was punched back through to let the counter shaft sit at the bottom of the case to allow for main shaft installation. The string was used to help lift the counter shaft back up once the main shaft was in place.
Main shaft almost ready to go back in. Took some time to get it in, but after some cussing, it dropped right in.
Bearings pressed on smooth with no popping or creaking. Snap rings were a huge PIA. Shaft springs I was able to get without snap ring pliers, but the bearing snap rings, no way. Stopped by sears and picked up these pliers and installed the rings in 10 sec. Ran through the gears and everything worked like it should. Tomorrow, install the oil seals, clean the tail housing and go through the and clean/inspect the shifter.