I did it.
I'm broke, but i did it
I put in the seafoam trans tune, drove it for 100 miles... going through the gears maybe 30 times.
got home, dropped the pan, drained the fluid, reinstalled the pan and filled with 6 quarts of fluid. the cork gasket was aboslutely mutilated. it was falling apart, bit by bit.
i then took it for a 15 minute drive, say about 10 miles. I had to keep it short because i was leaking transmission fluid BADLY from the crappy old nasty gasket.
got home, dropped the pan, this time much slower because the fluid was INSANELY hot. so then drained the fluid and wiped up any crud that was in my immidiate sight. I then tried to get my trans filter out. to say that it didn't want to go anywhere would be an understatement. THAT THING WAS IN THERE. But i did suceed in getting it out without breaking anything, so that was good.
so then i went inside and cleaned the pan absolutely spotless. i coulda served food in it.
I would have taken pictures of all of this, but my camera is out of service for the time being.
there was nothing bad in the pan AT ALL. The fluid darkened ALOT after i ran that trans tune for 100 miles. I cleaned the magnet the first time i dropped the pan, and then the SECOND time, after only maybe 15 mins drive, it was FULL again.
but absolutely NO metal anything in there. none. at all, nothing shimmering. my god with the stuff i have done to my differential, im surprized the whole THING isn't sitting in there.
anyways. so i then put vaseline on the filter neck and it plopped right in. snug as a bug in a rug.
and then came installation. the gasket was being a small PITA, but i put some vaseline on it to hold it down to the pan and then it worked. i torqued all the bolts to 13 ft/lbs and got out from under the car AGAIN.
now came time to fill. so I put in 5 quarts of fluid and 1 qt of lucas. it wouldn't take any more than that, so now i have 3 unused bottles of trans fluid.
this is absolutely amazing. at first it felt uneasy...
barely shifting into gear...and then it did...softly. VERY softly. and so i said ok, haha, lets take'er out on ze road. easy at first, but after about five minutes of driving, came to a stopsign and did wot. WOW. that thing shifts NICE. i mean, i'm not even sure if NICE covers it. it feels new. so then i did about a 25 mile drive and throughout the whole drive, not ONE hiccup...no slipping....it feels amazing.
I have transmission fluid in my hair..and not just a little bit, my fingers are callused from undoing and redoing bolts....i hurt, i have a kink in my neck, my arms from the shoulder down are KILLING ME, im tired, i smell like a grease monkey, i just had to clean my garage..., to say the least, i made a mess. mostly because the first time, when the gasket was bad, i let it sit there and idle...leaking fluid at me.
oh, and i found my cooling system leak. its a radiator hose, but theres nothing i can do about it right now, im flat broke. but at least i know my LIM gaskets aren't bad.
OSG, thanks for calling and putting up with me going on and on and ON and on. I do that. appreciate the info. I'll be returning the modulator, because the trans feels perfect now. OH and i had a look at my mounts close up and they look VERY good. so we'll see on those lol.
so yeah. thats whats going on, I'm gonna go take a shower and pass out. thanks for all the help guys...