Transmission swap?? - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


Buick When starting new posts, please specify YEAR, MAKE, MODEL, ENGINE type, and whatever modifications you have made.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-14-2014, 10:12 PM   #1
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 33
Thanked 3 Times in 1 Post
nwohiochevyguy is on a distinguished road
Default Transmission swap??

On a scale from 1-10 what would you rate a transmission swap on a 1997 riviera.

The car I just bought doesn't have first gear operating properly, I thought it was a plugged cat but thinking otherwise now that the new cat is on, still not right.

I'm not shy at tackling almost anything.

My guess would be remove engineer trans and front drivetrain from below (lifting car off that is). Could one do this with a fork lift and some lifting straps once disconnected?

Also anyone have a how to?
nwohiochevyguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2014, 10:38 PM   #2
Senior Administrator








Certified Car Nut
 
Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Horseheads, NY
Posts: 15,645
Thanked 998 Times in 774 Posts
Mike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond repute
Default

It would be easier to lift both engine and trans out together. Then set on the floor to separate.

We do have writeups in the Techinfo section, but its based off of the Bonneville. Still, same engine and trans, but some mounting brackets are different between Buick'*, Pontiac'* and Old'*.
Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Mike For This Useful Post:
nwohiochevyguy (05-14-2014), WilliamE (05-15-2014)
Old 05-14-2014, 10:53 PM   #3
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 33
Thanked 3 Times in 1 Post
nwohiochevyguy is on a distinguished road
Default

Read the write up, thanks

Definitely not the 700R4 swap I did on the Electra Wagon we used to have
nwohiochevyguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2014, 06:42 AM   #4
Senior Administrator








Certified Car Nut
 
Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Horseheads, NY
Posts: 15,645
Thanked 998 Times in 774 Posts
Mike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Uh, no its not LOL. IMO, I'd rather pull a 3800/4T60-E out then drop a 4L60-E out of an S10.
Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2014, 11:41 AM   #5
Senior Member

Certified GM nut
 
Tech II's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Worcester, Ma.
Posts: 2,143
Thanked 780 Times in 609 Posts
Tech II has a reputation beyond reputeTech II has a reputation beyond reputeTech II has a reputation beyond reputeTech II has a reputation beyond reputeTech II has a reputation beyond reputeTech II has a reputation beyond reputeTech II has a reputation beyond reputeTech II has a reputation beyond reputeTech II has a reputation beyond reputeTech II has a reputation beyond reputeTech II has a reputation beyond repute
Default

OK....

The car I just bought doesn't have first gear operating properly, I thought it was a plugged cat but thinking otherwise now that the new cat is on, still not right.

So now we want to pull the engine/tranny?

Maybe, just maybe, you should try a little diagnosis first....
Tech II is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2014, 07:06 PM   #6
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 33
Thanked 3 Times in 1 Post
nwohiochevyguy is on a distinguished road
Default

I will, just asking about the worst case scinerio first.
nwohiochevyguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2014, 07:08 PM   #7
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 33
Thanked 3 Times in 1 Post
nwohiochevyguy is on a distinguished road
Default

With your witty response, what would you suggest, and in what order?

Easy to throw out bad (or no) advise online.
nwohiochevyguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2014, 07:32 PM   #8
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 33
Thanked 3 Times in 1 Post
nwohiochevyguy is on a distinguished road
Default

Fluid level is fine and looks in good shape.

Just back from a drive.
- confirmed no first gear, neither when it'* shifting by itself or when manually moving it through the gear selector
- all other shift points seam to be fine and firm smooth transitions

Where to go from here? Suggestions?
nwohiochevyguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2014, 10:39 PM   #9
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 33
Thanked 3 Times in 1 Post
nwohiochevyguy is on a distinguished road
Default

Just an FYI found this diagnostic / repair on YouTube for checking shift solenoid on the 4T65E.

nwohiochevyguy is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to nwohiochevyguy For This Useful Post:
[email protected] (07-27-2014), Soft Ride (05-16-2014), WilliamE (05-16-2014)
Old 06-06-2014, 11:18 AM   #10
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 33
Thanked 3 Times in 1 Post
nwohiochevyguy is on a distinguished road
Default

Well I'm on the backside of a transmission swap, fluids and reinstall the belt and I should be all set.

With the solinoid failures you get a CEL which I did not have, so instead of spending 300-500 dollars to have a transmission shop tell me I need a rebuild for mucho $$. I found a low mileage transmission out of a 1997 Park Avenue.

This car has the full undercarriage / frame so had to drop out the engine trans and front drive train as one piece.

Sounds very intimidating and once you get over the "scare" factor its not that bad of a job with the right tools and the time to do it.
nwohiochevyguy is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
top swap or engine swap 99bonne Performance, Brainstorming & Tuning 3 01-26-2008 08:31 PM
seat swap and dash swap? largegoldencar 1987-1991 9 04-26-2005 12:34 AM
SER2 Pulley swap vs. SER1 Pulley swap BonEvilSSEi General GM Chat 2 10-06-2004 08:25 PM
Transmission Swap 99 to 92 Bonneville? RyanL 1992-1999 8 07-28-2004 11:43 AM
93 to 94 transmission swap vital49 1992-1999 8 05-17-2004 08:49 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:16 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.