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[oletrucks] Manual to Automatic Part I

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Subject: [oletrucks] Manual to Automatic Part I
From: Banjomike@aol.com
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 15:47:32 EST
Hello everybody,

I suppose we could call this part the "time management" session.

Jacked up the ole truck yesterday and put it on jacks all the way around.  
Cut the old cross member off just at the frame, filed off the edges, left the 
piece on that holds the shocks and called it good enough.  Used a hydraulic 
jack and a piece of  wood to hold engine in place.  This  took approximately 
1 hour using air tools.

Still trying to decide what kind of transmission I have.  It has two cut off 
corners that would otherwise make it square, no manual kickdown, and an 
electrical plug.  It is a Chevy tranny though.

Next we decided that we should have all new flexplate bolts, I still needed 
the tube and dipstick, and needed to determine which way to put the flex 
plate on (there was no F to indicate front.)

Went to Pep Boys, they didn't have anything we needed, went to NAPA, who said 
we needed to go to the dealer.  Went over to the dealer, they closed at 2:00, 
and it was now 2:05.  Got ready to go to the junkyard, a neighboring ole 
truck owner stopped by, and we figured out the flexplate problem, discussed 
the age of his truck, the problems he had, looked under the hood, commented 
on different interesting points, had a beer and 1 1/2 hours later, went to 
the junkyard, found the tube and dipstick, got some bell housing bolts, and 
we were done for the day.  

Moral of this section: Have all pieces and parts before starting.

Mike Gleeson
'55 Chevy 1/2T Longbed
oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959

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