He's already got a tranny cooler. The old trans didn't actually blow, just started leaking real bad, but we'll flush it out good anyway.
We're not messing with the seperator plate, not for awhile anyway. It's going right back to Alternative to get the tune finished when it's done, and it's a 2k trans, so i don't see a need for the j-mod. I've never heard of this welding thing... what is it? You're talking about something on the OWC? I've spun my stock (j-mod, tune, tc) '97 trans to damn near 7k many, many times, so i'm not really worried about putting a 2k trans behind a stock '95 SOHC motor.
Oh, believe me, i know about the rags. Gonna have plenty of oil dry handy too. Always fun stuff. I've done this job a few too many times already (helped do trans's in '89 SC, '95 Mark, '95 t-bird, and did it myself in my '97 mark... twice when i screwed up).
Thanks for the help guys!