Little background for those that may not have been around for years. I had a trans race built before building the motor. Have had lots of issues that shouldn't happen and perservered through them to a degree. This trans had a noise and bang start after being out a record five times in one summer. I pulled the plug on that trans (I'll refer to it as #1) and built myself another, myself. It was my first rebuilding experience and I learned a lot. After a lot of pounding that trans had an odd feeling, which is what led me to pull the entire drivetrain and put my Bonneville back to stock. Let'* call that trans #2 which I'll dig into after #1 is all set.
Popped the side cover off built trans #1, found what the noise and possible harsh shifting was caused by.
Those little metal blobs were screws that held the reluctor to the 7/8" gear. Yes, this is an issue I've had in this trans 3 times before. The bushing is eaten in half and parts missing.
Channel plate is a bit dug up ...
Found part of the bushing in the 4th piston assembly
The lube scoop is wearing pretty sparkles
Another piece of the bushing halfway down the casing.
I shut the trans down after two bang starts and some noise. The noise was the reluctor. I noticed in pulling out the input/3rd clutch housing that the input clutches are very sloppy with tons of play. When this trans was last rebuilt it was done twice because the input piston seal was bad, the worn out clutches have me wondering if I was that hard on it and they wore or if they weren't replaced when they were worn from the seal being bad. And the 7/8" chain is stretched to within the acceptable spec of 1/8" to the casing when you push on it. It'* close and not worth trying to save.