I've got a V8 mated to the original 5-speed Isuzu gearbox that has been with the vehicle it's whole life.
I don't do a lot of showing off, and I really don't drive the heck out of the car. On my way to work this morning, everything was going fine - then after pulling away from a light (just cruising - I don't race at this hour) and shifting into 2nd gear, I could hear a distinct rattling coming from behind me, and to the left (gearbox).
At first I thought it was a throw-out bearing, but realized this noise ONLY occurs when in 2nd gear. So, I avoided shifting into 2nd gear coming home tonight (easy to do with a V8 - I can start from 3rd with no worries).
I just want a diagnosis here on how difficult a rebuild I'm looking at....assuming the pinion shaft isn't blasting it's way through the innards of the gearbox. I started to think syncro gear, but I can shift easily into 2nd gear, without difficulty and grinding. It isn't until there's load on the thing that it begins to rattle. Sounds a lot like a bearing gone south in there...
The good news is I was planning on dropping the engine this winter anyway to repair some oil leaks.
I'm looking for experienced input here - could I be correct in my diagnosis, and if it's not badly damaged, should I be rebuilding this or looking for something else?
If I do have a rebuildable unit, would I be further ahead to look into beefier parts for this?