Hmm. I have a t176 and it's bell housing and original mechanical clutch set up that I had when my T5 transmission was in. Do you have a picture or image so you can point out exactly what you're talking about ? There is a fitting in the bellhousing ? Which end of the clutch fork ? The end of the fork that is inside the bell housing or on the outside ? On the inside : you're not mistaking the little cylinder thing that the clutch fork ball sits in are you ? I'm thinking you are. You have to put a gob of grease on the ball when you install it. You can have the transmission in neutral but I don't think it matters. Do you have a lift on your cj ? I have a 2.5 suspension lift and a 1 inch body lift. I was able to sit indian style under my cj (i'm 5'10) and put my transfer case after my transmission was in. I just picked it up
and put the dana 300 input shaft splines over the output shaft of the T176 then lined up the 2 studs , that are on the dana 300, with adapter housing , which goes between the transfer case and transmission. The transmission will be much more maneuverable if you install the transfer case later so you don't have that 100 lb. cast iron unit hanging off the back of the transmission. That's the way I did it. I think you could put the tranny on a jack -have someone operate the jack, while you keep the transmission stable and maybe rock it a little to get it lined etc. You need to grease the splines lightly on the input shaft of the transmission( because you do not want grease on the friction surfaces of your clutch). And grease the pilot bushing/bearing on the inside a little. A little grease on the front bearing retainer , which the throw out bearing rides. Again not too much grease. Let us know if you need help along the way
1984 jeep cj7, 258 I6, rebuilt T176,rebuilt Dana 300, amc 20 , dana 30, 4.10's Trac-lok in rear , 4.10's detroit soft locker in dana 30, 2.5 inch bds suspension lift, 1 inch polyurethan body mount lift. Line ex. weber carburetor. factory tach. factory clock ,oem replacement speedomter cluster, and oil pressure gauge, factory volt gauge.