Nearly the last update. That'* right, I drove the car out of the garage under it'* own power tonight. The only things left are programming, adding a little buffer to the top radiator hose and a test drive to ensure it goes into all forward gears. I saw nothing inside of the trans that suggests it won't work perfectly.
Pulled the old trans apart to change the input shaft. Found a non-hardened 4th hub shaft with a factory 1999 date on it. Chains were good, I replaced the input shaft and 4th clutch hub shaft. Also found one of the valve body shift solenoid valves to not have it'* retaining clip. Not a big deal, clearly someone was inside. That 99 shaft doesn't make sense though. The rebuilder had to know that those shafts weren't hardened and replaced it with another soft shaft.
97 on the channel plate/valve body denotes a 97 casting
Overall looking good, chains checked out good
99 on the 4th hub shaft that I removed.
The shaft shows wear
Had a spare for my next build sitting on the shelf.
Side by side
Input shaft etc is out of the casing
There is a missing piece of the input shaft. Most likely that'* still in the old converter
Back together and ready to go
Input/pump shafts and stator sprocket.
Still remorse about not looking at the new diff, I pulled this cover. All looks good.
Buttoned the trans back up and all that is left is programming.
The car awaits Andrew'* return.