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351C 4V / C6 auto trans removal advice needed
Pulled the transmission today. Was going well until the rear tipped downwards and a hell of a lot of trans fluid came out. lots of cleaning to do afterwards.

This is becoming a build thread now so i will ponder creating a new thread in the right section.

I plan to continue with an engine and under car complete restoration (phase 1) with a body strip and paint at a later date....

goal is to continue with engine strip (power steering units, brake booster and brake lines. Continuing backwards with removal of brake lines and drive shaft and gas tank and fuel lines. I will leave diff for this time. Then once underside freed up, remove all underseal and clean, repaint with U-Pol raptor, strip engine bay back to bare metal and repaint.
And then refit everything - restored or replacement parts. Getting lots of good info from the build threads, particularly turtle's builds Smile I hope i can get this done by June time so i can drive it this summer but will be a stretch. I have 10 days in March as vacation and i plan to get a lot done then.

One question - when i pulled trans out from driveshaft i didn't read any instructions on the correct way to do this. I hope i did it correctly. How does the driveshaft connect to trans ? is there a seal ? this is probably what has caused the historic trans leak on the underside which looks like it has splayed out from trans.... dark stain which i will remove with underside cleanup.

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Clean up garage floor time !

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There is a seal on the rear of the transmission that seals against the yoke. This yoke connects to the driveshaft by the u-joints. Once you removed the yoke the oil will get out as soon as you tip it as you found out. In my case, even though I tried to plugged it, it made a little mess in my garage.

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump
Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes
A good tip if you plan on pulling the tranny a few more times in the future: get a spare yoke. Pull the yoke and drivetrain out of the transmission before you remove the tranny and put in the spare yoke. Use baling wire to keep it in place so fluid won't leak.

Let me check your shorts!

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Qt size freezer bag with several wraps of duct tape (any tape really) around tail-shaft usually keeps trans fluid collected.
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