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Happy New Year to you and yours! I'm rebuilding a T-19 transmission for my Jeep CJ-7, replacing the T-5. Assuming the gears and case are in usable condition, I have a core. I've read the T18 section of the CJ Rebuilder's Manual, and I have the Novak rebuild guide as well. From what I've seen, it certainly seems more basic than the T5. The mass is going to be a challenge if anything needs to be pressed into or out of the case!
I guess it must be the time of year for failing T-5's! Several months ago I rebuilt mine with help from the forum. After, the 2nd gear synchronization was fixed, but the other problem remained. Shifting was fine 1-5, however after running in 5th on the highway and coming to a stop, I had difficulty moving the shifter into anything other than 4th gear. Early on, it just required a little pressure to get into 4th then all other gears were accessible. Over the last few months, the problem has gotten worse to the point that on several occasions I've been stuck at a light or stop sign trying to jam it into 4th to then get access to any other gears. Last weekend with some very cold temps, I had the same issue PLUS I started hearing a horrible screeching which again seems to be the throwout bearing. I know how to do the bearing, but at this point I'm not inclined to put any more money into this box due to the shifter trouble. Kind of at a loss as to how to proceed. 1. Buy a new T-5 and put a 4:1 kit in the D300 to help keep the torque load off the transmission now that I'm doing some more advanced wheeling (with a Moab trip scheduled for '18). 2. Buy a used AX-15 and go through the hassle of installing a hydraulic clutch assembly and adapting to the D300. 3. Find a T-18 with the granny low and just accept that I won't have an overdrive. 4. Convert to a TH700R4 with a floor shifter and torque converter lock up switch to give me compression braking on the downhill sections. 5. Push it off a cliff.