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Old 11-06-2012, 05:08 PM   #99
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"Can I come in now?"

LOL. I can't make it out and I know what it says!
Rainy and cold here today, no 345 work, just as well, I'm exhausted.
However I just ordered a new HD Hughes torque converter From Summit. It's an HUP25LFUEL from their heavy tow vehicle/motorhome line for a 4L80e, supports up to 600 HP, supposed to have a more efficient converter, much heavier duty lock-up clutch, 1200/1400 rpm stall, and good for moving 20,000.00+lbs, xtra long life, and might save a little gas too.
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:31 PM   #100
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Thumbs up P r n od d 2 1

Sorry no pics this time.
Very pleased to report this evening that all gear positions are working from the drivers seat !!
I do not have an overdrive bezel yet, but all gear positions are easy to figure out.

Park is right on the P
Reverse lines up perfectly with the R
Neutral also lines up, a bit to the left, but on the N
Overdrive is just on the left side of D
Drive is just on the right side of D
Second just grazes the right side of the 2
First (low) is just to the right of the 1
It just took about 20 minutes of minor cable adjustments, all at the transmission end.

Drive shaft is temporarily in place, and lined up correctly. One of my many transmission cross mounts is attached to the transmission, and the mounting bolt holes partly line up with the frame holes.
I am still going to have to cut and fit, to make the crossmember fit.
Surprises, Surprises, it does not meet the frame properly, It is about 4" too low. Exactly the the problem I was actually expecting.

Generally a very satisfying week overall. Just the expected problems with the cross member. (With the minor exception that I am supposed to be in Florida this week. Ahh well, rather be underneath it at home, than along 95)
All the best.Cheers! Rich.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:37 AM   #101
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Sorry no pics this time.
Very pleased to report this evening that all gear positions are working from the drivers seat !!
I do not have an overdrive bezel yet, but all gear positions are easy to figure out.

Park is right on the P
Reverse lines up perfectly with the R
Neutral also lines up, a bit to the left, but on the N
Overdrive is just on the left side of D
Drive is just on the right side of D
Second just grazes the right side of the 2
First (low) is just to the right of the 1
It just took about 20 minutes of minor cable adjustments, all at the transmission end.
This is why I ponied up the $500 to buy a custom built shifter. Pull the handle to the wanted gear, and it is that gear.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:34 AM   #102
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Thumbs up Shifters

I'll bet that"s a sweet shifter set up Mel.
Unfortunately I'm spending way more than planned , so I just have to make what I have work.. Oh, well it's keeping me from running the roads
OK back to cutting and grinding cross members.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:42 PM   #103
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Thumbs up Transmission mount cross member

About 28 hrs into the cross member re-fabrication so far ( don't be too alarmed at that, I'm just very slow at doing things nowadays).
Getting very close!
It now looks like a little more fitting, some 1/4" steel plate, 8 X 3/8" x1 1/4" grade 5 bolts and locking nuts, and some welding will do it. I'm making a strong, but easily removable 3 piece cross member, utilizing 2 original cross members.
I will get in process pics soon.
Before I can do a final assembly on the cross member, I need to temporarily install the Banks headers to check for clearance problems.
Onwards through the Fog!
All the best. Rich
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:31 AM   #104
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I'll bet that"s a sweet shifter set up Mel.
Unfortunately I'm spending way more than planned , so I just have to make what I have work.. Oh, well it's keeping me from running the roads
OK back to cutting and grinding cross members.
Rich,

Can you create a new label for the shifter so the pointer lines up properly? You might try a vinyl sign company, they could probably make something that would work.

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When I was doing mine, I found (internet search)a adjustable shift bracket that replaced the lever on the transmission shift shaft. Being able to adjust the the throw would maybe get your shift indicator closer to right. I didn't get it because I went with the the custom make one. When the PO had the 545 Allison installed the column shift was mostly removed.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:16 PM   #106
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The throw on mine looks to be right where it should be for the 4L80, the TH400 shift bezel lettering pattern just doesn't cut it though
The really good news is that I should be able to get the correct bezel for the overdrive transmission. It is a standard Chevy part, they are out there, I have seen them before, I just need to search.
Got my cross member reinforcing plates today, 6 pieces of 1/4" mild steel plate, cut to my specs for $32.10 including tax. Saved me about two full days of labor, maybe more. The drill bits I bought today were lots more!

It's hard to believe I was once in the United Steelworkers. Seems almost like a different lifetime. LOL

All the best. Cheers! Rich.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:52 PM   #107
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The really good news is that I should be able to get the correct bezel for the overdrive transmission. It is a standard Chevy part, they are out there, I have seen them before, I just need to search.
If/when you find the bezel be sure and post where you got it as I'll need one as well.

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Got my cross member reinforcing plates today, 6 pieces of 1/4" mild steel plate, cut to my specs for $32.10 including tax. Saved me about two full days of labor, maybe more. The drill bits I bought today were lots more!

It's hard to believe I was once in the United Steelworkers. Seems almost like a different lifetime. LOL

All the best. Cheers! Rich.
Good drill bits are almost worth their weight in gold. Many years ago I worked at a factory that made conveyor and palletizing equipment. We were required to buy some of our own tools which at the time included drill bits. I'll never forget the day one of my coworkers was drilling a hole, the bit stuck and bent instead of breaking. He calmly took it out of the drill motor, hammered the bit straight and proceeded to finish drilling the hole

I'm sort of ashamed to say I have some bits like that in my collection right

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Old 11-14-2012, 07:38 PM   #108
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Quiet week

Taking a break from under the Airstream, overdid it a bit over the weekend. Monday was ok, but yesterday,and today, I am just whipped.
Plus it has been a little rainy and cold here.
Parts are coming in fast though! Yesterday was the ATSG 4L80e manual. Today the Dexter tag axle brakes, and the HD rebuild kit for the 4L80e.
When I find the shift indicator bezel, I will post the details
I just told all our friends not to count on seeing us until January.
All the best. Cheers! Rich.
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Would this bezel work?

4-Speed Overdrive Indicator Lens

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Old 11-25-2012, 07:50 PM   #110
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Shift indicators ( bezels ), and xmembers.

I hope everyone had a grand Thanksgiving celebration. I just ended up taking another four day layabout, and let the rain and wet clear out.

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Would this bezel work?
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Brad it certainly looks like it would. I have one coming from Summit, it's an Ididit brand (read:expensive) universal (auto 4spd od) one, looks very similar. If I am not happy with it, the Ididit can go back, and I will try one of those! The one place i forgot to check was Speedway. LOL.

The other thing to remember is that the indent plate for these transmissions is inside, so as long as you feel the right number of notches when you move the shift lever you are ok for gears ( at least selection).


Friday and Saturday I set up my little wire welder and burnt some "chicken splatters" as well as getting some decent welds on my lower trans cross member. 1/4" mild steel is great for mods that need to be beefy, if 1/4" doesn't look beefy enough to ya, don't be shy about going heavier. Just never go lighter than 1/4" for shade tree mods. (Engineered parts built under controlled conditions by big companies like GM, can make flimsier construction look OK, but don't do it!)
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These are the left and right ends of the original xmember, they will be attached to the rear set of factory holes in the frame.

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Notice I cut these pieces well below the side rivets.


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The center or lower xmember. cut off well above the rivet holes

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The ends of the lower Xmember, showing the drilled holes for the 7/16"
grade 5 bolts,and the 1/4" backing plates welded inside. You cannot see the 3x7/16" blind holes drilled through the xmember into the 1/4" plate and then fill welded shut ( top of both ends). I also beat the metal "tongues" down in place, to box the part, and welded the seams up.

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Just some gratuitous plates of meat (feet) shots, with the primed xmember included.

Next will be attaching the 1/4" reinforcing to the uppers,driilling bolt holes and preliminary assembly.
(Hope I don't have to make a Mark2)
At this point I think I have clearance for the Banks headers, either way, I hope to have that all sorted by the end of the week.
All the best. Cheers! Rich.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:24 PM   #111
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PRNO321 shift indicator for 4L80e installed

It showed up this afternoon and I was so pleased I ran out and installed it right away! With just a little massaging with a coarse half round file it fit nice and tightly into the original housing. The Speedway one would have been an exact replacement, but this one is here, and I like it's layout better.
Also the clevis for the emergency brake showed up too, Christmas early for me! lol.
All the best. Cheers all ! Rich
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Rich,

The fabrication work on your transmission mount looks great! Can't wait to see it installed. Just think positive and it will clear the Banks system just fine

When you get a chance post a picture of the shifter bezel. I'd like to see what it looks like installed.

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