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Old 01-29-2010, 04:41 PM   #1
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Im in the late states of pulling the engine, just need to determine the best way to remove the transmission from the motor. What all is involved in seperating the transmission from the engine?

1993 Camaro Z-28 manual 6-speed T56 transmission.

Please be as specific as possible- Thanks!
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:18 PM   #2
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about a 2 n a half foot long extension and a universal is what i used on my 97 6 speed
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:59 PM   #3
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I lowered the rear of the tranny as far as I could but didn't need to actually drop the crossmember, but I was pulling the engine, not the tranny. If the tranny is what's coming out, the crossmember will need to come down. Support things well. If you have a transmission jack, that's even better.

With the crossmember in but the bolts nearly at their end, that gave me enough room to get a long extension (very long, and several) with a universal and socket as mentioned above, up to the top bolts. My wrench was back behind the crossmember with the socket on the bolts at the top of the tranny. That's a lot of extension. There's 8 bolts holding a T56. I'd remove the top ones first and leave the two on the sides that are reasonably easy to get to for last.

These are damn heavy. Not even close to the weight of an old Muncie or Saginaw 4 spd. Those you could pick up one in each hand if you wanted. Not this baby. Be prepared for some serious weight.

I think the shift fork MUST be pulled back and disengaged from the throwout bearing before it will come away from the engine. At least the engine won't come out with it in, that's for sure. It can't hurt anyhow. It sits on a ball with a spring clip and snaps in to place. Pull straight out after removing the hydraulic cylinder. You might need to pry it. There's a forked spring holding it in place.

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Old 01-29-2010, 10:12 PM   #4
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Thanks Kustom and 4Mesh,

I remember now the extention that your talking about. About 10 years ago I replaced the clutch with the help of a friend and a lift. The extension that he had extended beyond the tranny itself.

I'll get an extension, already have a universal, and will go from there.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:13 PM   #5
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You have to remove the slave. Two like 12mm nuts or something. Some say not to let it extend all the way but I did and no problem. Remove that spacer thingy. Not sure of the name. Then grab the shift fork and yank on it. It should pop back and move freely. Then the dust shield cover has to come off also. Other than that it looks like the rest pretty much covered it.
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Ok- here is my problem.....

Does it matter where I seperate the transmission at? For instance- the bolts that hold the transmission to the bell housing are so much easier to get to than the bolts that hold the bell housing to the engine. If I undo the tranmission to bellhousing bolts will the engine and bellhousing/clutch slide right off the transmission when I go to raise the engine? I dont plan on removing the torque arm / driveshaft either- is it required?

I have already disengaged the fork assembly.

If I cannot do the easier way then I guess I will have to raise the engine a little to tip the transmission down in order to get to those top bolts. There are only 4 of them right?

Regardless, when those bolts are out and the fork is disengaged, will the transmission still rest easily on the support bracket or will I need to have something under it?
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When i did my clutch replacement i took the tranny out first without the bellhousing. Then I took off the bellhousing. Some of the bolts that hold the bellhousing on are a pita when you have the tranny out(some one already boogered up the bolts) so i cudnt imagine doing it with the tranny in. Lift the car as high as you can so you dont have an issue moving the tranny out fom under the car, that is if you are not using a lift.
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I dont plan on removing the torque arm / driveshaft either- is it required?
You are making this way harder on yourself. Remove the torque arm. The driveshaft must be unbolted from the rear end, but you can leave it in the tranny while you lower it so the fluid doesn't leak out (or just use a tranny plug).

Unbolt the tranny from the bellhousing first. Pull out the tranny. THEN unbolt the bellhousing.
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Spartan's way is the easiest, if you're pulling the entire engine. If you plan on pulling parts of the engine while its still in the car, its easier to pull the bellhousing from just the block. However if you're planning to install a longblock, lower the tranny. Anyway you do it some of the top tranny bolts are PITA, but less blood. Good luck
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I leave the tranny bolted to the bellhousing. It isn't that bad.The touqe arm only needs unbolted from the tranny. Though be careful as it might fly up and hit the body depending how the car is setting,raised or what not. Crossmember has to come loose but can be left bolted to the tranny. Just unloosen it from the body. The driveshaft I would pull then stick a rag in the tranny or it will be in the way.
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