I’m going to start with the transmission section of this build since I already have it out and every other build thread out there starts with the motor.
So the BACKYARDIGAN transmission. Hmm, where to begin. Well I can tell you that so far out of everything that I’ve tackled on this truck so far, the one thing that the average DIYer should just no kidding have a professional do for them is the transmission. I can tell you that in order to build a 5R110(W) the way a reputable transmission builder would build one, it involves A LOT of special tools. So far, things don’t seem to be that “hard” per say to do; they just seem to require a special tool to make sure that when you do it, it is done right the first time. I am pretty sure that when it is all said and done, I will have about $500 more plus countless blood, sweat, tears, and head ache into doing this myself, than if I would’ve just pulled the transmission out and sent it off to a reputable builder and had them build it for me. Of course where would the fun in that be HUH??? I know I know, if I would’ve done that, I would actually be able to drive my truck instead of having it sit on ramps in the drive way and stress over this build.
I pretty much have one person to thank for pushing me to do this and that is Matt (aka: Shack, aka: Onebadcoastie). He solely is responsible for why I haven’t boxed everything up and driven it to Andy Warren for building.
In case you guys don’t know, he lives up in BFE Kodiak, AK and there aren’t any reputable transmission shops that he trusts and shipping trannies back and forth from him to Andy would kill him in shipping costs. So he is stuck doing this himself and I figured if he is stuck doing this then I have to be able to just stick with it and figure it out as well.
The tranny will consist of a PI TC, RCD billet input shaft, billet low/reverse hub, complete install kit from Andy Warren, and a new internal wiring harness. I’m also going to be putting on a Derale Deep pan, using Amsoil ATF, and using a 2008-2010 5R110W pan filter.
Currently, I have the transmission out of the truck and completely tore down and cleaned and am waiting on the special tools I ordered to come in so I can begin rebuilding the components inside. I do have the valve body completely rebuilt though.
Here are some pictures of the process:
I actually used two jacks to pull it down with the T-case as it was just too awkward to try removing it by itself.
There wasn’t enough room between the ground and bottom of the frame rails to allow me to pull the transmission out from under the truck with it on the jack(s) so I just slid it off onto the carpet and slid it out from under the truck. Carpet worked great for that.
Even got my helper helping me too.
Got the T-case removed, pulled the TC out, and that made it so the tranny could be lifted off of a jack by hand and put on the work bench.
Here’s what it looks like with the TC removed.
Here we are with the valve body removed.
Here is the case with nothing in it.
not much to see but figured I’d show it anyways. I’ll show the actual individual components as I rebuild it. On EDIT: noticed that in this pic, the low reverse molded piston, spring, and snap-ring were left in there. They are out now.
So far, here is the first component that I have fully rebuilt and ready to go back into the transmission.
The progress is slow because I’m definitely learning as I go. However, I’ve got a TON of help that I can reach out to as questions/problems present themselves. I’ll update this as I go along.