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Old 09-16-2008, 01:26 AM
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ARRRRGH! I broke the speedo slot on tailshaft

my 85D with bad crank, pulled engine/tranny. but broke the tailshaft housing where the speedo cable connects... not sure what I did wrong, but it broke right off.
now pulling cover off 82 dead tranny, to swap onto 85 tranny, but the part #'s on the covers are different. the appear identical though. are the part #'s on the tail cover for the entire transmission or just the covers?
should the covers swap over without issue? or will I need to source an 85 tranny to pull a cover off of?

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Old 09-16-2008, 01:43 AM
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That is really weird, we have a spare trans from an '85SD, and whoever pulled it managed to break off a chunk of the housing around where the speedo sensor bolts in. Coincidence??
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:43 AM
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Seems like there has been a run on broken tailshaft housing speedo cable connectors in the last few months. I think the consensus is to use JB Weld or some sort of epoxy for the fix.
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:17 AM
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JB Weld to the rescue

I just fixed mine this weekend after someone here suggested JB Weld (thanks!). Hopefully it will last for awhile.

Some day I hope to build an entire car out of JB Weld.


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Old 09-16-2008, 12:40 PM
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I wonder if the part no difference has to do w/ the different final drive ratio??

jb should be perfect for that app. I broke one, too, when I did a swap this spring. it was on the good(?) tranny connected to the bad engine which is now in storage. I will cross that bridge when I need to.

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