Broken Fly wheel, torque converter
Yes, you were correct, mostly. The fly wheel broke. Then when he was in there, discovered the torque converter (?) was also broken. The factory had supplied two aluminum brackets (at least I think they did, they were on the floor of the moho when the repair guy got the vehicle) that the guy did not install but that he recommends we install. They are supposed to secure the trans/engine connection better. I have to find someone to do that. The guy said they need to be drilled and bolted, he guessed about a two hour job. It has survived 27 years without the brackets but this guy says the reason the fly wheel broke and the other thing cracked was because of the stress put on them by the lack of the brackets.
Are we talking about the same thing? Flex plate?
It was a long 48 hours, but we got home safely. She ran fine and we are supposed to go to the other side of the state tomorrow evening for the long weekend. I am going to try to find someone to get these brackets on tomorrow before we leave but I'm afraid I won't be able to explain what I need well enough over the phone. What kind of shop do I call? Transmission repair or diesel engine repair or what?
As for the seats, we have them home now. They are lined up in the motorhome right now. Sadly, we have spent more than we planned to spend installing the seats to get her up and running so that little upgrade will have to wait a while.
Hubby wants to sell the seats we bought to help offset the fly wheel repair. He may have a point. We'll see. Maybe we just need a long weekend in the middle of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to figure it all out.
1982 280 Turbo Diesel Limited
"A Silver Lining" or Silvie for short
"Ah, well. I'm off to get my life sustaining supplies - cornmeal and gunpowder, hamhocks and guitar strings."