I also find this fascinating as anytime someone says something can't be done I am in!
But they say I am fun at parties and I do have some questions.
It seems like the ring IS out there but 2 more is not a lot...East coast has been searching as long as I have been here, likely longer.
And then there is the new issue you bring up makes me glad I didn't attempt the MT643. Which means the ring isn't even needed possibly if I read that right?
Without pics you are talking about the nub on the torque converter or on the flywheel? looking at my pics from my swap I have handy and of course I don't have the close ups of the flywheel and torque converters. I have a broken brain and require pics sometimes
This piece needing machined you get one shot it sounds like? "After hours of careful measurements and re-measurements I took my original hub to a local machine shop and had it cut to proper size. "
Then add in Pump clearances and all that still makes me nervous thinking about my swap and that last part.
Chris I remember when you saved me from committing hari kari when I thought all was lost and you said "just slide the torque converter forward that smidge" I still get a goosebump that saved bacon feeling. I thought I was sunk and I was using factory non modified stuff.
In your opinion would you consider this an easier swap for the average skoolie considering the machine work vs a 2000/1000 swap and wiring involved?
I imagine air brakes and Juice brakes also are going to play an issue in the tailshaft and parking brake mount for the drive shaft, depending on what the bus has?
And with a final gear of 1:1 there would be little gain in top speed which seems to be everyone's desire. So if you have a short rear end you may end up having to re-gear anyway? So is it better to go for an OD trans? I get that every bus is different, and also to each his own.
But we are all forging paths into newer territory and a lot of others are actively watching and may not be as skilled. On FB transmission swaps are coming up a LOT suddenly.
And if you don't mind can we ask roughly what you would consider a ballpark guess for this swap would be with a rough parts list?
Awesome work StudeDude!
I am also having the same issue trying to figure out how to do pictures again.
again nice work and this is my top thread to follow and wish you most splendid success