First of all, the transmission we're talking about here is the 1960-196? Ford 3 speed, 2.77 manual transmission found in Falcons, Rancheros, and Comets. Okay dudes....it's been a damn while since i posted anything tech related, mostly because i didn't have anything to work on, but I got my chance to change that when my '62 Ranchero 3spd manual transmission recently died a miserable death. Since i have no garage, or shade tree, i had to do this outside, in the frickin' rain, with no work bench, etc....MEGA FUN! so...i did all the removal of the tranny and such outside next to my building in a gravel lot. I don't have a real creeper so i used "Kansas creeper"...cardboard boxes from a large appliance. It doubles as a creeper/absorbant and works great for sliding in and out from under the car. Now, to get the party started, i found a good donor transmission on craigslist (a local online classified forum) and had that ready to do the swap. Upon initial inspection, the donor tranny looked great but wound up having a dead hub on the shaft. the inner teath were worn out and damn near gone. On top of that, the tail shaft housing and shaft from the donor tranny were around 2+ inches shorter than the one in my truck. DOHHH! So....i realized i'd be taking the two transmissions completely apart, taking the good parts from both and the tail shaft and housing i need and making one good transmission. I lucked out and have the parts to make it work from the two trannys. All i had to get was a gasket set and some fresh gear lube. Now that we have the prelude to the story out of the way, here's what i did first: 1. chock the rear wheels on both sides, then jack the truck up in the front and get some jack stands under it to make the work scene all safe and stuff. 2. drain the transmission fluid. 3. disconnect everything going to the transmission. This includes the following: shift linkage rods from the column, speedo drive cable, and e-brake (you won't have this for safety, and this is another reason why you chock the wheels on both sides). 3.Now you're ready to drop the driveshaft. real simple...remove the two little u-bolts at the tail end of the driveshaft, slide it forward into the tranny a tad, drop the shaft rear down, and slide her out of the transmission, done. Below are some pics to show you what we've done so far. Now, in the pics, the transmission's gone already so just pretend it's still there okay?