Slowly but surely I am sorting through a ’70. The frame is in great shape and there is next to no rust on the body. Mechanically, it has the wear and tear of a 48 year old. Next on the list is the transmission/clutch. The transmission is noisy in 1st, 2nd and to a lesser extent 3rd gear. There is not much noise in 4th. When underway in 2nd, 3rd or 4th gear there is a whirring grinding kind of sound. If I place the palm of my hand on top of the gear lever, with slight downward pressure, the noise abates. While stationary, in neutral, with the clutch disengaged (pedal depressed), no noise. When the clutch is engaged (pedal released), noise. It sounds like what you would think a worn-out bearing would sound like. After reading other posts on this site, it might be any one or more of the following: TOB, counter shaft wear, input shaft bearing or u-joint/differential issues.
First, I’m going to change the fluid. Can anyone recommend a brand and type? At the same time I will look for metal shavings at the bottom of the box. I doubt this will remedy the problem and that I will need to have the gearbox rebuilt. Is there any other work which should be done when the transmission is rebuilt? Can anyone recommend a transmission shop in the St. Louis, MO region? If not, who is the best at rebuilding?
Thank you for your time reading this and I appreciate any advice!
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