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Old 02-20-2003, 10:18 AM   #1
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I was talking to my mechanic yesterday and he wasn't sure how long it would take him so he popped a CD in his computer and the service manual said 5.2 hours. Well, I don't know what the labor rate is where you live is, but here it's $70 an hour. That's $350+ to get the Yank installed, holy crap. Is that right, over 5 hours? Today I'm going to a couple of tranny shops to ask them how much. Maybe since it's all they do are trannies, I can get it done for less than that. I trust my mechanic and if it's only a little difference in price, I'll have him do it. If the difference is like $100, I may have some one else do it. What you think, go with someone I trust and pay more or just find a cheaper price?
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It took me a long time on a 4wd truck without a lift or proper tools. The biggest slowdown for me was the transfer case (and not having a real transmission jack). For a 2wd truck it would be much faster.

If you rented a tranny jack and got a buddy to help you, you could have it swapped in half a day in your own garage.
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I piad like 300 Cash to get my done was a bit of a bitch to do cause the tranny pan Drain bolt was stuck .
Had to take the pan off ..man that was messy well worth me not wearing any of the tranny fluid <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="gr_grin.gif" />
It's a bit of a job have to back off the tranny
make sure you watch them ,cause they broke the some of my housing when they missed the very top bolt
And it took them 6 hours to do mine plus another 2 to figure out why is wasn't shifting right....
They Unclipped the shift servo harness in the install ..and didn't put it back ..
You'll enjoy it when you get it done
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i think it took us about 3 1/2 - 4 hours to do it on mine when we did it. (2wd excab) i paid steve frank 150 to install it i believe.
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Any one in the San Francisco bay area or Northern California want to make some money on the side? I'm willing to drive a couple of hours to get it done!
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That long??? First few times, maybe. Takes about an 1.5 now. That is on a lift with a tranny jack.
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yup 3 1/2 to 4 hours in a driveway without a tranny jack, could have been faster but took some breaks.
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