The nice thing about recently redoing the frame and welding in all new nuts for everything is that everything is easy to take apart. Anti seizing all of the bolts helps also.
Started out with a jack under the trans pan with a block of wood. The plan was to take the weight off enough to drop the belly pan for easy access to everything.
A few pumps of the jack, and I was surprised to see everything lift right up. The mount for the torque arm was torn in half, I just put it in over winter. It wasn't a poly mount, just a replacement from NAPA.
The bolts that hold the torque arm to the T-case were pulled out and dangling loose. There weren't many threads left, didn't really look close the see if the bolts stripped or the holes.
Dropped the belly pan, the ladder bar,and the driveshafts in pretty short order. The muffler was being a PITA, so I removed the entire exhaust. It leaked, rattled, and needed re-done anyhow.
Drained the oil from the Q-trac and pulled the low range unit. Didn't notice anything wonky looking there. All of the gears looked fine.
Proceeded to split the case, and found what I expected to find. This is the Morse chain, about a year old. It has seen some hard wheeling.
The good news is the everything else looks fine. The splines on the cones are OK, nothing looks broke or stripped.
If you want parts Bill, I can load up a large flat rate box for you. I don't plan on keeping anything, including the low range unit. You can have it all.
The chain.......that's another story. LOL
I dropped the trans pan to let it drain overnight. One of my favorite jobs to do.
No matter how I try and do it, I always end up dumping it all over my head. At least ATF cleans up easily.
The ATF was a deep red, candy apple color. Still had a nice translucent color to it.
Here's some pictures of the pan. Just a very light coating of grey on the bottom. Wiper right off with my finger.
I'm hoping to hear that it looks good, and I shouldn't find any problems inside the trans.
That's about it for today. Hopefully I'll pull the trans tomorrow. The only thing left of the case is the front half bolted to the trans.
I like your idea about pushing the Jeep out once the trans is pulled. That will give me more room to set up a nice big table to work on. I can go straight out the door, and right back in when ready.