Thanks guys. I kinda just went away on business and just ordered this:
A couple of my friends just said don't sweat it...get something as close to stock as possible.
Thing is, I didn't see a lot of new, stock spec TCs...
I worked on the Jeep yesterday morning and today for the first time in a while.
The engine had a huge knock, but it was the new distributor. The cap wasn't seated right from the factory. Got that fixed.
Got the new transmission in. I filled the TC with more or less a quart of fluid, then popped it in on the pump--measured and got exactly 1" from the bolt holes on the TC to the bell housing. This is what the manual wanted.
Only hiccup is that there was a 1/4" gap between the TC and the Flex Plate. I was stressed about this but lots of people online say a gap is normal, but there is some dispute on how much is acceptable. 3/16 seems to be the majority vote. I was GOING to put a washer as a spacer in between there but forgot.
I've run it since then...hope I didn't destroy it.
The engine oil pan leaks like a SOB from everywhere. Looks like I didn't get it sealed up with silicon as good as before. Hard to see when its installed--dark and oily. Power steering leaks from the input shaft seal, and the transmission leaks from the fill tube. Dangit.
So I wanted to see if I could drive the darn thing today. Played with the carb a bit and I'll just ignore it for now. Dave think's it is bad. I don't know yet.
I put 5 quarts of B&M's ultra expensive BS fluid in it and shifted through the gears. It's not engaging. Then I read the instructions a few more times and I think its worded funny but the idea is you put 5 in while running THEN add MORE till its full. The tranny seemed to have fluid in it when I got it--not full by any means but it drained out half a quart after it installed...so I think there was fluid up in there?
I'm not going to panic. I'm going to go shim the torque converter a teeny tiny bit, buy more fluid, and see if I can get the transmission to engage.
If it doesn't I am going to push the Jeep backwards into the Bayou.