2 different transmissions in '97???
I've got a strange question for you:
While changing out a tailshaft bushing in a 1997 TBird 4.6, we bought the same kit that everyone else uses, and the one that fits my car, the 5202 bushing. Upon cutting the old bushing out, and getting ready to press the new one in, I noticed that the bushing was not the right OD, it just fell straight through the housing. The seal wasn't even close to being the same. The tailshaft bushing wouldn't even fit over the driveshaft yolk. After calling around a lot, found that they list 2 different transmissions for the '97 TBird. The 4R70W, and the A4OD. The A4OD listed we were able to get a seal for right then, but noone had the bushing. This was really bugging me, so I went to a transmission shop in town, and took the tailshaft. They had 20 or so 4R70W bushings on the shelf, and they were all the same size as the one that just fell through the tailshaft. I left the tailshaft with them, and they were able to order the right one under the listing for the A4OD.
My question is: has anyone used the standard bushing/seal kit readily available (the 5202), because this has direct consequences on ordering a driveshaft, etc., since it seems the standard yolk that's listed is quite a bit smaller in diameter than the one in this car. I know for a fact that the transmission is the same one that came in the car from the factory, it's a 1 owner car.
Anyone seen anything like this before?