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In have replaced transmissions twice before in my garage, but that was a nice simple '67 pontiac V8 where I was swapping a turbo 400... can you do a 4eat without a trans jack, does a cheap harbor-freight trans jack (that'll fit under a car on jackstands) make it easier enough top warrant the purchase?

Weighing swapping my trans vs having the pinion bearings fixed.
 

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Even with the fluids drained, that transmission is heavy and the weight is not exactly centered. Think a 400 plus a differential plus another 10 lb gear assembly. You'd be better off with a jack. Especially going back in. Its a bugger getting the trans on to the lower studs with one. I wouldn't want to try it with two people under the car trying to get the angle just right on both studs with the limited room above the crossmember.
 
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