I can vouch for the transmission. Anyone who was at the May Baltimore Co. coffee and drive saw in in the white and yellow 87 GT. I sold the engine to Navy and he got the trans with the deal. The fluid was dark red. No brown and not burnt. By looking into a gallon plastic bottle. The fluid was sucked out before dropping the cradle. 3 quarts let sit then about 1 1/2 more. Never had a issue with shifting or torque converter lockup. Did not see any leaks from it or the axles. The front mount still had the heat shield on it. The TV cable is cracked right at the top where it narrows but is still usable. If need be I still have the one out of the 85.
I only pulled it due to installing the 3800SC/4T60e I had in the 85.
It was running in the car this past Sunday. The swap was finished enough to drive home Wednesday. The engine/trans was picked up Friday from a walled car port. So it didn't sit.
[This message has been edited by cmechmann (edited 07-26-2015).]