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Old 11-22-2013, 12:21 AM   #41
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Re: Stuck in first, literally and figuratively

Things are moving slowly, but they are moving so I'm happy. The bus has officially changed hands - the mechanic I found in Nashville went and picked it up on Tuesday, drove it 10mph to his shop about 6 miles away. Not too bad... He said realistically it'll take him a few days to get to it, but he did price out both the AT545 and the MT643 - $1600 and $2300 respectively (just for the transmission itself). I'm looking forward to hearing back soon an estimate on what it would cost to go with the 643... $800 more for the transmission is probably worth it; it's all the extras that might stack up. Sounds like he has a guy in place to cut down the driveshaft; finding a decent price on the bell housing might be the tricky part. Nevertheless, at the moment I'm fixated on the idea of getting a 643 in there. Heck, I've gone this far... It'll just depend on what the cost ends up being.

I'll bounce the numbers off you guys when they come in....

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Old 11-22-2013, 09:08 AM   #42
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Well that's good news. Glad you got it out of the other shop. I like your tenacity!
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:43 AM   #43
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Well that's good news. Glad you got it out of the other shop. I like your tenacity!
No doubt...kinda like a honey badger
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:41 PM   #44
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Re: Stuck in first, literally and figuratively

As other said Im glad its moving.

I would make it how you want it. To me this is what it is all about. I just hope it ends up the way you want it.

I am shocked a 545 is that much. I have seen them on craigslist in my area for less than 800 for a used one. Yes its a gamble but I think having it at home and around people who you can take it back to on a regular basis to work on... WARRANY.... etc would be a good thing. That is why I suggested put another in and get It home.

The drive shaft cut down is a non issue. They will chop it reweld it and balance it. I do it all the time in my demotion derby cars.... well the other than the balance part not need for that.

I think your efforts to put a better tranny in there is a good choice I just don't want to see people at the mercy of others being so far away
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:53 PM   #45
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Meh...just a quick search: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Allison-Transmi ... 22&vxp=mtr
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:55 AM   #46
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Re: Stuck in first, literally and figuratively

Any news on this story? Im curious as to how this will come to conclusion
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