Hmmm. lets see:
01 Grand Marquis trans.- $560
Having Alan weld the snapring to my OWMD- $12
Morris 2800 stall TC and Mark VIII flexplate to match- $275
Mark VIII deep pan w/ drainplug- $25
New B&M 28K race cooler- $60
Aeroquip fittings to install cooler and 6 feet of -6AN braided stainless line- $150
18 quarts of Mercon V- $80
Front pump seal, 2 valve body gaskets, tailshaft seal-$40
Trans. temp. guage & sensor- $50
Box of Band-Aid's- $5
New trans. mount- $30
That should be around $1,287 as of right now, and it's still sitting halfway apart on my workbench, lol. I'm sure something else will come up. Beer, brackets for mounting cooler, new misc. bolts, etc...
Maybe I will be able to keep it below the $1,400 mark, only time will tell.....
Man, this trans. better be kick a** when I get it done, lol.
These are highly engineered precision vehicles, the first step in diagnosing the problem is to strike the suspected offending part sharply and repeatedly with a blunt object, then re-test.