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Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Damariscotta Maine
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Well, I appricate all the help, and Ill explain why I went from tranmission rebuild to needing a new tranmission.
Well, The bellhousing was all cracked up from DMF obviously coming apart on a previous owner. I don't like putting broken sh!t together like that, but I figured I would rebuild the transmission because I had nothing else to work with and needed to get my truck on the road ASAP.
Fast forward past rebuilding the main shaft (went great, I have a fully rebuild main shaft!) and I am inspecting the cases before installing the bearing races into them. I notice a small crack around the input shaft area, under the throwout bearing assembly. I tig welded it the best I could. Another long story short I put the bearing races is, and the crack was bigger, hitting the races in made everything worse. I welded that up in a last attempt to make this all work.
Now LAST step, transmission is going back together, I'm carfully taping the input seal in, and the entire casting around the input shaft the busts out( NOT WHERE I WELDED IT, a whole new crack), I was hardly hitting it...it obviously had no strength what so ever. So after throwing everything on the bench and within reach across the shop I calmed down and inspected everything. It's not practical to weld it up, this case is such a peice of sh!t its not worth anymore hours.
So I'm sitting there with a fully rebuild main shaft, a rebuild small case half (all gears and shafts installed into it, ready to drop the bellhousing half onto) and my LARGE case half is FUBAR.
I'm seriously pissed and don't what what to do next, rebuilding a zf5 is honestly pretty easy, but its hard to do anything when the case is falling apart faster then you can fix it.
Any leads on case halfs, or cheap remans, or ideas Please....anything :'(
Thanks for everything guys, im just out of ideas at this point.
1997 F250 7.3 5 speed, 3.55s, D60, 4" Diamond Eye Exhaust, Napa Intake Filter, E-Fuel, 35" bfg mt's, stage 2 rosewoods/tuning, Gauges
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