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Unread 09-12-2014, 05:12 PM   #1
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T150 bonehead mistake

I recently bolted in a perfectly good T150 into my 76 cj7. I had my 16 year old son bolt the bottom up and he stripped the bottom bolts, During the test drive the shifter locked up, I discovered the stripped out trans to bell housing mounts. Now there is brass in the fluid, I suspect the shaft was placed in a bind because of the mounts and it burned up the synchros. Do I need a rebuild?

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Unread 09-13-2014, 10:03 AM   #2
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I would repair the bolt holes, line it up, bolt it down, and see if it works.

Then I would use the Jeep as an "Educational Teaching Tool" to help build the character of my young son. I have been in your shoes... still am. Great opportunity for you and your son. Give him a task, and check behind him. Critique him and point out improvements that could be made, if any. If someone had taken that kind of time with me when I was young, I wouldn't have to do everything twice!

BTW- synchro kits are cheap.

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Unread 09-13-2014, 12:46 PM   #3
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I used helicoils in all four of my trans to bellhousing holes to strengthen them. The threads weren't perfect to begin with. The grade of aluminum of the bellhousings is easy to strip.
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Unread 09-13-2014, 05:23 PM   #4
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If these are 7/16" bolts.
Do what I did-Drill and tap the b'housing for 1/2-13thd bolts.
IMO-the OEM bolts were to small to start with.
You may have to drill the mounting holes in the tranny out to 1/2" dia, also.
SO-how many extra chores did the kid get?------LOL
Have'n you along, is like loose'n 2 good men
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