BIY transmission holding bracket

Discussion in 'Tools, Procedures, and Testing trouble shooting' started by Grumpy, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    EVER CONSIDER BUILDING, RATHER THAN BUYING A TRANSMISSION HOLDING FIXTURE?

    http://nastyz28.com/forum/threads/home-made-transmission-fixture.234676/
    THERE'S A GREAT DEAL OF RELATED INFO IN THESE THREAD's
    http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/tbucket-200-4r-transmission-project.7230/

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.co...ience-converting-a-4l80e-to-full-manual.5579/

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/4l80e.11645/#post-54467

    https://www.ebay.com/i/132415307603?chn=ps

    IF your planing on rebuilding a transmission, it helps a good deal to have a decent work bench AND a transmission holding fixture,
    you can buy a transmission holding bracket off ebay for between about $130-$300 but if you own a decent welder and can fabricate and weld this is certainly within the range of projects most of us could design and build


    just a bit of info, if you want a new transmission,core for spare parts,
    I called the local "U-PULL-AUTO-PARTS"
    and the salvage yard quoted me $220
    for ANY AUTO TRANSMISSION I CARE TO PULL
    and I asked again, any auto trans regardless of make/model/year?
    and was told yes..
    but that trans does not come with a warantee its looked at as a core
    so Id be looking for a car/truck, source ,that had been in an accident as it had to be running to be driving,
    if the car/truck you pull it out of,
    is undamaged it MIGHT be in the salvage yard,
    because the trans failed.
    Id also look to see if theres indications,
    the car/truck had been under water or in a fire,
    that might have damaged the transmission



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    Last edited: Jun 13, 2018
  2. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

  3. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    I own a serious MILL and welder, so its not like I don,t have options or the skills to build a simple transmission holding bracket,
    but I had one of my friends over last evening and we were discussing, what materials we might need,
    to grab before we jump off the proverbial dock, head first into the project and after adding up the cost of materials
    you might be surprised to find the cost savings may or may not be as significant as you might imagine.
    obviously if you don,t have access to a MILL, drill -press, welder and know where you can purchase the materials required,
    you may be far better off simply purchasing the tools.
    you may have access to a great deal on the materials or have the basic components already in your shelf stock, in that case if you have the fabrication skills and tools its a no-brainer to build rather than buy!

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    heres the first place I looked (below)too get basic material cost on-line,
    your almost certain to do slightly better locally,
    so if you can fabricate your looking at less than $100,
    and at most a couple hours time, too accurately measure ,cut and weld -up,/build the trans holding bracket

    http://www.onlinemetals.com/basket.cfm
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    Ive seen advertised that these basic transmission holders, cost up to $400 PLUS
    heres a guy listing the same tool new for about $170 plus shipping ($200)

    https://www.ebay.com/i/132415307603?chn=ps

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    Last edited: Jun 13, 2018
  4. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    I bought my Kent Moore Transmission Holder for $225 I recall in 2009.
    Just had to repaint.
    I like Pontiac SD421 Blue so thats what color it is still.

    Pretty good deal..on ebay today.
     

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