I'm in a pinch fella's and need serious help. My 88 GT Getrag has snapped the throwout bearing or Fork and the car is on the side of the road stuck in gear. Clutch is not engage it's jello/ no resistance. If I don't move the car in a day or two it will be towed In wherever land San Diego.
I am planing on getting it moved to my place Tomorrow on friday the 21'st. And then do a Clutch on the weekend. But my plan is to do a bigger engine swap later this year and thought it would make more sense to just go with the G6 if it would bolt up. it will cost not much more than all the clutch and tranny parts I am going to need to buy.
So that is why I am asking, wish me luck because if it's towed I will lose her probably forever due to cost.
did you check if the cables are still on the tranny ?the ends wear out and the cable pops off at the tranny and you either get stuck in gear or in neutral .here is an easy fix : clean the ball stud post with steel wool .clean the cable end with solvent and rinse and let dry .wrap the ball stud with cellophane (saran wrap or whatever you yanks call it).then fill the opening in the cable end with 5 minute epoxy and shove it back on the ball stud .in ten minutes you are as good as new .i doubt if you have toasted a shift fork unless you car has around 200,000 miles on it .these trannys last a long time .
If you use SEARCH, you will find a number of threads on installing the 6 speed. 1 of them is by Archie and he goes into detail on the install. He also sells a kit with the things you'll need to make the 6 speed work. My impression is that it is a LOT of work and total cost is NOT as cheap as the price of the 6 speed alone would lead you to believe. If you want a stronger trans than the getrag, use the stock muncie 4 speed.
I have looked into this swap for the lsX engines and found it to be very expensive for the parts to do it. The transmissions are really not that expensive and more than likely be eaiser to get later down the road, the getrags are getting harder to find. I would assume that alot of our common swaps bolt right up to that tranny. But the question is the half shafts needed and mounts and such. A 3.8 s/c 3800 and a 6 speed swap would be a great combo, for cost it is alot cheaper than the ls V-8's. Has anyone out there done the 2.8 and 6 speed swap? If they have a updated on the performance and challenges would be great.
Posts: 5082 From: Warwick, RI Registered: Jun 2000
you don;t really need a clutch to get the car home, as long as the tranny is shiftable. with the car off, put it in neutral, start it and warm up the motor. shut the motor off, put it in first and start it, with a good battery it should kick off and go. after you are rolling match the gas so you are not accellerating or decellerating and it should shift right out of 1st, let the rpms drop while pulling into 2nd and it shoudl just slip right in. same deal for 3rd and 4th.for braking, at a light or such same as an upshift, but let it go to neutral and use the brakes to stop. do the same trick of startign in 1st to get going. with some care you can drive a long way, even in rushhour traffic like that! (don;t ask me how I know this), but best to wait for low traffic times. save the tow cost for parts.
also be sure you just didn;t run out for fluid in the clutch hydraulic system. that sounds like it might be your problem, and you can fill and bleed it on the side of the road. if the piston is not moving on the slave end when someone steps on the clutch, you have a hydraulic problem not a tranny problem.