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Old 02-09-2016, 05:45 PM   #211
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Don't jump off the bridge....make sure it's coming from the bell housing area and not a cooling line. If it is from the bell housing area it's probably just a front seal...are you equipped to remove the tranny yourself ? If yes, than it's just nuts and bolts...get r done ! If not try and find some mechanically oriented friends since the parts cost nothing. It's all labor....a good Saturday afternoon project.
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Old 02-09-2016, 06:06 PM   #212
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Don't jump off the bridge....make sure it's coming from the bell housing area and not a cooling line. If it is from the bell housing area it's probably just a front seal...are you equipped to remove the tranny yourself ? If yes, than it's just nuts and bolts...get r done ! If not try and find some mechanically oriented friends since the parts cost nothing. It's all labor....a good Saturday afternoon project.
One thing to consider when trying to remove the transmission is the rear mount.

Hopefully someone that has removed the transmission without removing the engine can verify that the transmission rear mount can be unbolted and moved backward to clear the transmission tail shaft.

On my Argosy it is not possible to move the rear mount without cutting the bolts off where it bolts to the top part of the frame rail as there is no clearance to push the bolts upwards out of the way. However, there is a slight difference in floor construction between the Argosy and the Classics but I don't remember just how much.

I know for certain on Argosy's and Classic's you can't physically remove the transmission mount completely from the frame even if all the bolts were removed. That's due to the overall shape of the mount, you just can't move it in any way to physically remove it. On my Argosy I had to grind/drill 6 rivets and cut four bolts which broke the mount into 3 pieces in order to totally remove the mount from the frame.

I think Peter commented a while back about this particular problem when he was changing the transmission oil pan. Maybe he can enlighten us!

Other than the transmission mount it shouldn't be difficult at all dropping the transmission.

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Old 02-09-2016, 07:42 PM   #213
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I think Peter commented a while back about this particular problem when he was changing the transmission oil pan. Maybe he can enlighten us!

Other than the transmission mount it shouldn't be difficult at all dropping the transmission.

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There is enough space on the 80's classics to remove the upper Bracket bolts. It is however still a very unpleasant job. I never removed the trans, so i would like to invite everyone over for a BBQ and trans removal, since i also have a front and rear seal issue. I am still looking for the oldtimer to rebuilt the TH400 for me, but most I talked to do not have a lift big enough to handle the 310.
We are not all as lucky as Bob with his "lift" buddy
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Old 02-10-2016, 05:26 AM   #214
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There is enough space on the 80's classics to remove the upper Bracket bolts. It is however still a very unpleasant job.
Airstream must have learned a lesson from the Argosy models. On mine there is a 1"x2" tube that runs parallel with the frame rails and just covers the bolt heads. When I reinstall my transmission mount I will be drilling holes that are just clear of the tubing making removal and installation of the mount easier. Matt will have to deal with this same issue on his 76 Argosy unless Airstream changed things after 74.

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I never removed the trans, so i would like to invite everyone over for a BBQ and trans removal, since i also have a front and rear seal issue. I am still looking for the oldtimer to rebuilt the TH400 for me, but most I talked to do not have a lift big enough to handle the 310.
BBQ you say?! Hmm, with a transmission jack it shouldn't overly difficult to get the transmission out. There is a lot of room in that area to work. To bad you're a gazillion miles away

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We are not all as lucky as Bob with his "lift" buddy
I might be close to being in the "lucky" category

I have a 9,000 lb 4-post lift that can handle my Argosy but it's not located in my shop where I have enough clearance to raise it more than 3' or so off the ground
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Old 02-10-2016, 06:40 AM   #215
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BBQ plus alot of handsoap sounds like a positive start....driving up a series of 2" x 12" will increase ground clearance and with a really good floor jack transmission removal is not out of the question. If the old trany guy is no longer available I might suggest a call to Jasper and swap the unit out. Last spring I did a 26 quart flush with synthetic trans oil filter, and pan gasket, now that I have installed my new million dollar radator I am hoping to see temps in the 190 to 210 range. The two stage stress test is not scheduled until April....about 4 weeks before our get-together...I would rather have something go wrong 50 miles from the house than 600. Regards, Bob
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:14 AM   #216
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Could be the pan gasket.... especially if its parked on an incline forward....

If so, I know a great deep pan you could fit... just needs a new filter, 3/8" socket.... and sawzall....
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I didn't get a chance to crawl under and investigate more today. Hopefully I can do that tomorrow after my fuzzy channel arrives. Today I went down and tinkered with the shower. The caulking is drying clear and looks slightly better than I though it was going to.Click image for larger version

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Old 02-10-2016, 12:23 PM   #218
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I like that cedar platform! Looks good.
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Old 02-11-2016, 07:08 AM   #219
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Love the cedar, love the aluminum wall, I have not removed the wall paper in mine yet. Is there a covering on the aluminum to help keep it clean from shower soap and water spots and also what gauge did you use. I am still looking for the receipt for the shower door. I acquired it in or around 11/14 from Lowes...American Standard Brass pivot door, left hand hinge. Will post more pictures tonight from shower door install.
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I only removed the wallpaper that was peeling off so it doesn't cause bumps underneath the aluminum. I just put it up over top of the wallpaper was spray adhesive and screws Not sure the thickness on the aluminum I'm going to run up to air parts today and see if they have a piece that I need. I'll ask when I'm up there. I went down later yesterday and used teak oil on the platform. Also used some cedar oil on the cedar in the back of the closets. They were super thirsty. May do another coat on them today depending on how they look when I make it down there.
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Windows are done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-12-2016, 04:33 PM   #223
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I remember when I finished my last one as well....I also remember when I started the first..and I said to myself.."Really ???"
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Got the chairs, sofa, and the dinette out. Sofa is at the upholsterers. I plan on taking the beast to the RV Doctor by the end of the week to get stuff I can't do taken care of. In the meantime I replaced two more lights. I am still debating whether I am keen on them or not. The one on the shelf is waiting for the 12v Edison bulb to arrive.Click image for larger version

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