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  • Well,
    The Allison is trashed and needs to come out. The roar I have from the bellhousing is incredibly loud now and I am finding small flecks of steel in the fluid. I guess I am going to have to get this thing rebuilt. Uggh, its always something with projects like this and used parts, then again I've been having problems with vendors sending me the wrong new parts too.

    1942 WC53 Carryall in progress.

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    • One step forward and two steps back, at least you found out now, right?
      Bruce
      aka;M-37Bruce
      1953 Dodge M-37 W/oW
      Dept. of the Navy 1/23/53
      1949 8N
      2005 Dodge Ram
      "Big Red"
      MVPA/VMVA

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      • Originally posted by Bruce View Post
        One step forward and two steps back, at least you found out now, right?
        yea, something like that. The plus side is that I have my weird wobble situation resolved in the steering and tire balance. I also have a lot of the other systems fully functioning now. One brake line leak to fix where a fitting /flare got installed crooked by some of my younger occasional help so I'll make a new line for that. The 3D printed lockout hub dials weren't really working so I had some made out of aluminum for my custom front axle.

        Lets see, what else is good under the hood. Hrmm, I have pieces arriving for my air system so I can get to work on that soon. I have a bunch of parts to build the rest of my seat frames with. I have a bunch of interior parts to start installing, but I still have to make new window boxes. I have a 4' x 6' sheet of 20 gauge stainless steel on hand so I actually might try to make new window tray boxes using that instead of mild steel, this way they will never rot out. Just a thought.

        And for those following here and not in the WC53 thread, I finished up a new battery box cover. Lid opens upward with help from spring loaded hinges and then the side swings down like the original design. All riveted aluminum, stainless hinges, and brass screws for the hardware.

        I also got a good picture of the truck flexing out the suspension some. Man does it work really good off road! This was with just the open rear axle and no front driveshaft, this thing will go more places than I'll feel good taking it, thats for sure! I can't wait to finish up some other things and drive this down to the beach for the day!

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        1942 WC53 Carryall in progress.

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        • Alex, It will all get worked out. The old girl is looking fantastic. Keep your chin up. I am pretty excited to go for a ride in it this coming June.
          1967 W200.aka.Hank
          1946 WDX.aka.Shorty
          2012 Ram 2500 PowerWagon.aka Ollie

          Life is easier in a lower gear.

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          • If I can lend a hand, please ask!!
            Bruce
            aka;M-37Bruce
            1953 Dodge M-37 W/oW
            Dept. of the Navy 1/23/53
            1949 8N
            2005 Dodge Ram
            "Big Red"
            MVPA/VMVA

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            • Really!
              Bruce
              aka;M-37Bruce
              1953 Dodge M-37 W/oW
              Dept. of the Navy 1/23/53
              1949 8N
              2005 Dodge Ram
              "Big Red"
              MVPA/VMVA

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              • hanks guys,
                Sadly I am in the midst of an M.S. relapse, so things are moving slowly. I did get the transmission out but because it took so long, my builder is busy now and I have to wait some more. Uggh.

                I did mess with some other small tedious things since I am having weakness on my right side and that prevents me from messing with too much heavy stuff and my welding quality suffers as well.

                New bulkhead for the passenger side because the original one was too close to the exhaust and was just a hack looking cord grip.

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                Hub Dial installed.

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                Allison out and waiting for pickup to get rebuilt.

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                1942 WC53 Carryall in progress.

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                • All looks fantastic Alex, keep pushing through. How may I ask did you manage to drop the transmission out? I know you were searching for a way to remove the transmission, how did you get it out?
                  1967 W200.aka.Hank
                  1946 WDX.aka.Shorty
                  2012 Ram 2500 PowerWagon.aka Ollie

                  Life is easier in a lower gear.

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                  • Matt,
                    I had a co worker loan me an engine lift that is assembled in pieces; this way I could assemble the hoist in and around the truck, reach through the door, and lower the transmission using the hoist and some other straps to setup a "balance" sling since I couldn't grab it at its dead CoG. Worked pretty well, nobody died, and I literally did it all on my own. Getting it installed might be a whole different story though. The torque converter appears TOTALLY trashed, so hoping thats the only problem. Its getting a shift kit, valve kit, C2 clutch upgrades, and a billet torque converter. Big ol transmission should be fairly bomb proof at that point. I'm adding a trans temp warning light to my center console as well as an OD off switch as thats something that I found how to wire up because the transmission builder let me dig through his manuals when he picked up the transmission last night.
                    1942 WC53 Carryall in progress.

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                    • What kind of a time frame are you looking at until you get the transmission returned to you, also any word on additional problems or damage with the transmission?
                      1967 W200.aka.Hank
                      1946 WDX.aka.Shorty
                      2012 Ram 2500 PowerWagon.aka Ollie

                      Life is easier in a lower gear.

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                      • Alxj64
                        Alxj64 commented
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                        No, no known time frame. The guy that is working on it for me, is doing it as a favor / on the side through an arrangement with his boss, etc etc. The company he works for likes the project and are interested in having me show it off with / for them, and evidently through other connections in the area they know about me having a reputation of being a "good guy" so they are willing to help knowing that I'm not a deep pocket shop like the Fantomworks guy up the road. Also, (long chain of relation) my wife's best friend, her husband's older brother, is one of the top-notch traveling mechanics for the same shop; I'm talking they fly him all over the world to look at million dollar boats, generators, and other special equipment.

                        In regards to the problems, the noise was 100% the converter as it was full of metal and the bearing was obviously bad based on how much the converter was wobbling around after we removed it. Also, the C3 clutch set appears to have been slipping some and has some hot spots, this is believed to be due to the original application being a delivery truck, and the C3 clutches are only lubricated when engaged. I don't have the original TCM so I can't pull any old codes to see that the lifecycle in the various gear ranges were or if it was throwing any codes ahead of time. I am having new frictions and seals put in the transmission, a new converter is already in hand for it (went with a nice performance one) and this thing should be good to go for a long long time... knock on wood.

                    • Transmission is almost done being rebuilt according to the guy doing the work. It is supposed to be run on the transmission Dyno on Saturday morning so I am told.

                      In the meantime I started building my other seats and such that way I can finally layout my seat keys. My rear seats aren't exact replicas but they are close. I changed the base mount and adjusted some other features but to the untrained eye, nobody will notice and if they care... its their problem. The front seat, I built to look stock but I made the seatback taller than stock just to help for comfort and support. So the passenger's seat I wanted to keep the back the same height. Well, because it is so tall, it would hit the dash and floor when going to roll and tumble forward to let people get into the back; its always some weird detail to work around. So, that means I am making the seat stand up straight instead.

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                      1942 WC53 Carryall in progress.

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