Spent some quality time under the Corvette today. It’s making progress! Today I wrestled the transmission back into position. For those not familiar with the transmission on a C4 Corvette, I’ll take this moment to point out that it’s German. Rather, a german truck transmission. Which means it’s really f-ing heavy. I’ve heard 125 lbs, which doesn’t seem far off.
As I’ve done every time now, I used the “Primative Pete” method that Bob and I developed the first time we did the transmission on this car. This involves using little blocks of 2×4 as cribbing to slowly raise the transmission up high enough to get a floor jack under the middle of it. Even with this, it’s not fun tryin to lift each end up while lying on your back – there’s no leverage, and it sometimes wants to flip on it’s side.
But, I was successful. Even got the hateful C-channel (the “Driveline Support Beam”) back in fairly easy. I think it was actually more difficult to bold the driveshaft back on.
Still to do, from memory:
Tighten motor mounts (loosened to make transmission install easier)
- Finish electrical connections (possibly replace MAP sensor connector) including re-install ASR Module. ** Update – dealer wants $34 for the pigtail. Think I can get it cheaper elsewhere
- Hook up rad/heater hoses, fill and bleed cooling system. ** Hooked up hoses, need to acquire coolant
Install clutch slave cylinder Re-assemble console
- Change differential fluid
- Top up transmission oil
- Install exhaust system
- Acquire new serpentine belt and install
- Install fuel system
- Drain as much old fuel as possible from tank first
- Check all fluids (oil, water mainly)
- Start! Break-in time (keep revs up to keep Cam oiled). Check for leaks, etc. 20 minutes of run-time basically
- Change oil filter (get rid of break-in cruft) ** Found new filter in boxes of stuff in garage – yay!
- Re-install wheel well panels
- Renew registration!
- Road test??!?!?
I’m sure there’s more little things as I go, but it’s looking promising. The pile of fasteners and parts is just about gone.
Once this thing gets back on the road, then I need to do 500 or so break-in miles, change the oil (back to Synthetic, thinking going Redline this time), then it should be good to go for general use! And it’s only been nearly 2 years… wow.