I just bought a used '80 cj7 with the AMC 258 i6, and according to the vin on the firewall, it has the 4 spd. tranny. I was guessing it's the t-176 from what I've read but sounds like I'm wrong. It's my first jeep so I'm still learning.
All of the shift patterns for the 4spd. 176 tranny that I can find are:
1 up - 2 down : 3 up - 4 down : R down
Mine is kinda backwards:
R up : 1 up - 2 down : 3 up - 4 down
I'm guessing someone has converted it to something different? Reverse jumps like crazy and 1st is very difficult to find, but the remaining gears are smooth as grease. I'm going to drain and refill tranny oil in hopes to remedy the hard shifting, but what about the strange shift pattern? Is this something to be concerned about? Is there a good way to ID the t-176?
What do y'all think?