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help with putting trimatic in

hey just wondering if any one has any tips on putting a trimatic in with the engine still in the car. had a look at holdenpedia and found out some stuff. (big thanks to the guys who contribute to it). i dont have a welder so i cant make a flash bracket to hold it to the jack securely so i was thinking a nice thick bit of ply wood tek screwed into the top of the jack then use a tie down to hold the trimatic onto the wood or something like that cos i dont really want to be catching a trimatic that slips off. well thats the only aussie ingenuity? i can think of anyway any ideas and i only have whats in the shed to use
cheers guys wes...

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When i do it i just use a normal jack maybe some wood to give it more height. Mate there really not goner brake ya back if it does slip..
With the manuals i just lift it on my lap and lift it up...

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i just dont want it to land on a hand or something cos something will break. and there is 2 of us doing it so i would like stability in my head the whole time

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wes,
Just get a jack set up approximately the right height for the back end of the box. get your mate (one that you trust) on one side and you on the other and the jack in the middle behind the gearbox. Both of you lift and locate the gearbox on the locating pins (back of block ). Your mate should then be able to hold it up while you put the jack into place and then keep it from moving back of the mounting pins while you hand tighten a couple of gearbox bolts(use a peice of wood in between jack and gearbox to stop scratches / dents).

Just make sure you put the torque convertor on the gearbox before mounting (don't bolt it on the flywheel first). Make sure your torque convertor is all the way on the gearbox shaft before trying this though as damage can be done if it has not been pushed all the way back. This can be done be putting it on the shaft and turning it until it clicks and moves back 3 times. If your not sure keep turning and gently pushing until it will go no further ( put 1L of oil in torque convertor so nothing will run dry on start up). When you locate it you will notice that the torque convertor mounts should be about 10-15mm from the flywheel when your bellhousing has been tightened up. Tighten the torque convertor chuck in your xmember and your sweet.

Adam.

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If you have a trolley jack just use that.

I recently did my M20 with it just balanced on top of the jack, me steadying it with one hand, and guiding the jack with the other. Once it was almost home, I adjusted the jack the last little bit to get it to the right height, then jiggled the box into place with both hands, held it steady with one, and spun up a bolt with the other. The bulk of the weight was still supported by the jack, and having one bolt in (even if only started) holds the front end of the box in place, so from there you can relax (a little).

A trimatic should be a bit easier as it has a flat bottom to sit on the jack... an M20 has a rounded bottom... :(

Also my trolley jack is a good one, not one of those tiny little supacrap ones, one of those may make it a bit harder to handle.

It is a good idea to have all of your bolts (cleaned/wirebrushed) and spanners ready to go under the car with you, and within arms reach, as once you have the box in place you can't go far until you get at least one bolt into it...

Victa.

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Victa.

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness".

All that ranting and I did not even address your issue...

A flat piece of material, plywood is good, attached to the top of the jack will make things a bit safer, but remember that you may want to be able to tile the box one way or the other on the jack to be able to line it up...

If you want to secure it, ensure that it is something that you will be able to undo laying under the car!!! Occy straps would probably work OK...

The box won't have far to fall before it lands on your head so it won't be going very fast... :P

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