A last thought on this: I tightened the bolts a little at where the "tailshaft" (i am hoping this is what it is called) and the main control housing meet, and after two hours, there are maybe 8 drops. The spot is smaller than about a baseball. I would like to say this was a complete success, but it still leaks a small ammount. Eventually I will have to address this, but for now, it runs better than it has in almost 2 years. Fluid change. If anyone reads this, try it. I used merconV, new filter, converter drained, i cleaned the bottom of anywhere the fluid got, so I could see major leaks/problems, and I can't see any after 2 hours. My exhaust is covered, and it carmelized what did get on the exhaust, so cleaning it off will take a few brillo pads. Muchos gracias to everyone's input. I will frequent this site for info on the "ton-derbird".
btw, ^^ when i say what got on the exhaust, i mean, in the time it was leaking, before i changed the fluid. the pan gasket was the main culprit of the leak, but other seals are beginning to fail. I DEFINITELY need a trans cooler. I drive about 80 miles a day, and after the fluid change it certainly runs cooler than it ever did. Everything I have read here so far was definitely most helpful.
Last edited by rx7andtbird; 12-14-2006 at 08:26 PM.