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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Possible front pump or converter damage? *URGENT*

I am swapping a bad converter in my '96. I am using the Daaco F63 instead of the stock one. Got the bell all bolted up, and went to put on the converter nuts, and motor won't turn. I think what has happened is the converter wasn't fully seated, as discussed in this thread: http://forums.tccoa.com/showthread.php?t=117122. I am about to pull the trans back down. Assuming this is what happened (I felt it seat twice, but it seems I should have felt three times), I am now concerned about damage to the new converter, or the front pump! Aside from obvious mashed splines or something, what should I be looking for, and how concerned should I be about the possibility of damage??
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 07:39 PM
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Is the flex plate hitting something?

There is a measurement from converter studs/nuts to bell housing bolt holes. To make sure the converter is seated in all the way. I spin the converter, and make sure it goes in twice. Inputshaft, and stator hub/front pump tabs. I usually don't make that measurement just so long I hear/feel it seat twice...spin some more freely, and it's in lower than the bell housing.

As far as damage if it didn't run there's probably no damage. But do check the transmission front seal.

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It should be okay, I didn't have any issues with the trans or converter when I did this by accident when installing a 11.25" Mustang converter a few years back. Just unbolted the trans, reseated the converter, bolted it back up and everything was fine.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Ok...I pulled it back out, and got the converter properly seated, and just got the trans back bolted up. To get it to seat, after about 5 minutes of unsuccessful spinning/wiggling on the floor, I ended up standing the trans vertically on it's rear end, and the converter dropped into place almost instantly.

I didn't find any visible damage to the shaft, converter or seal. Thanks guys for the voice of experience on this! I REALLY don't want to do this job again!
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Np, glad everything is back on track.

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