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post #1 of 7 Old 05-27-2021, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Washington DC Area Mechanic Needed

I have a 1986 CJ7, that was restored in 2006 with a Chevy 350 and Muncie SM420 4 speed, and I am looking for a talented mechanic to tackle the upgrades below. The CJ is in my garage in Alexandria, VA and runs great.

1. Replace the clutch & shifter (Muncie SM420 and the Bellhousing is a GM756 aluminum 168 tooth bellhousing)
2. Replace steering wheel / ignition switch / turn signal switch
3. Replace the wiring harness
4. Replace the 2006 Pioneer CD player with new unit

Referrals are also greatly appreciated and thank in advance!

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-05-2021, 06:52 AM
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I have a 1986 CJ7, that was restored in 2006 with a Chevy 350 and Muncie SM420 4 speed, and I am looking for a talented mechanic to tackle the upgrades below. The CJ is in my garage in Alexandria, VA and runs great.

1. Replace the clutch & shifter (Muncie SM420 and the Bellhousing is a GM756 aluminum 168 tooth bellhousing)
2. Replace steering wheel / ignition switch / turn signal switch
3. Replace the wiring harness
4. Replace the 2006 Pioneer CD player with new unit

Referrals are also greatly appreciated and thank in advance!
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https://ocd4wd.com/

They do good work a bud of mine had used them.

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post #4 of 7 Old 06-06-2021, 08:56 AM
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After having dismal results with AAMCO in Waldorf in 2004, I took my T5 equipped 84 CJ7 to Glen Burnie Transmissions. Since then they are the only shop in our area that I trust to repair or replace clutches and transmissions. They also did a clutch in my Ranger and a new auto transmission in my wife's Beretta after 200K. https://www.gbt-online.com/ (855) 728-1841

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After having dismal results with AAMCO in Waldorf in 2004, I took my T5 equipped 84 CJ7 to Glen Burnie Transmissions. Since then they are the only shop in our area that I trust to repair or replace clutches and transmissions. They also did a clutch in my Ranger and a new auto transmission in my wife's Beretta after 200K. https://www.gbt-online.com/ (855) 728-1841
The problem with AAMCO is they hold you hostage. You bring in your vehicle, they tear down your transmission and then inform you what needs to be done. Of course you are going to have them fix it you have no choice or you could have them put it back together and then pay them their high labor rates.. I found getting a transmission replaced is the best and cheapest way to go. My wife's 2004 GC auto trans some years back had a leak which they diagnosed the rear seal. After several return trips they could not fix it so I decided to pull the shaft and look at it myself. When I pulled the yoke off the transmission I found the leak was coming from a metal cap that sealed the spline of the yoke. I popped off the metal cap and cleaned it with acetone. Then I replaced with some JB weld around the lip seal of the cap. Never leaked again. As far as a clutch I replace them myself, did it to my Ram and TJ.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-12-2021, 02:31 PM
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After having dismal results with AAMCO in Waldorf in 2004, I took my T5 equipped 84 CJ7 to Glen Burnie Transmissions. Since then they are the only shop in our area that I trust to repair or replace clutches and transmissions. They also did a clutch in my Ranger and a new auto transmission in my wife's Beretta after 200K. https://www.gbt-online.com/ (855) 728-1841
Nice to know G-B Transmissions will work on these old CJ transmissions and clutches . How long do th hey typically take?

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-19-2021, 08:13 AM
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DILIGAF is absolutely right. I was a hostage to AMMCO, They kept me in a rental car for three weeks while assuring me my parts were being shipped. Then to ad insult to wallet injury, they filled my T5 with 90wt oil... that made shifting very difficult in the winter.

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