Trans is in. Car back together. I was very meticulous this time. I used a long file and made sure all surfaces of trans, bellhousing, engine block were flat and clean. Had to grind a bit on the mount holes. They were off just a little to line up. Check everything over. Set up the shifter out of car first and marked it so i would be right when i put it in the car. Used the old input shaft as a line up tool for clutch. So it went in pretty easy. The 8" bolts with no heads makes the install pretty easy though haha
Took for a drive. Noise it gone. Almost positive it was the wobbled out pilot bushing letting the trans shift enough to cause the throw out bearing to be offset and make noise against the pressure plate fingers. Upshifts, downshifts very very smooth.
Very slight gear noise but I had the shifter boot off so I can hear everything. Pretty sure thats just normal sounds. shifter boot on and cant hear anything really.
Have an exhaust leak I think. But it isnt from the same place Im sure. I put my hands all around the collectors and collector gaskets while it was up on stands. Felt nothing at all. I used some aluminum header gaskets at the block. They may not have sealed well. I dunno. Not too worried atm. Ill track it down and find it
Just relieved the trans is done.
Not doing anything to it tomorrow. Got plans for momma. since its mothers day and all