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Help, Trans removel from 56 buick

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 1fastbyrd, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. 1fastbyrd
    Joined: Nov 12, 2005
    Posts: 44


    How to remove hydomatic from buick naihead 322. the engine is stuck, won't turn to remove nuts from flex plate. Motor and trans is out of car and in back of my truck.

    Thanks in advance Jeff
  2. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,177


    should be a dynaflow, not a hydramatic.....whatever, here is what you're dealing with, good luck! maybe take the engine apart first?

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  3. Fraz
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,818

    from Dixon, MO

    Pull the lower cover off and spin transmission around to get to the bolts.
  4. Brad54
    Joined: Apr 15, 2004
    Posts: 6,013

    from Atl Ga

    The engine is stuck...I had this happen once too with a '56 322.
    He can't get all the bolts off the torque converter because the engine's crank won't turn over. The torque converter is not only bolted to the flexplate, it's also bolted to the input of the transmission--so he can't just slide the input shaft out of the trans like on a conventional set-up.

    Put the whole thing on your garage floor tits-up and pull the crank. That's the ONLY way to do it. Took me 6 innings of a Braves game on the radio, from start to finish, and that included figuring out the problem and coming up with the solution.

    Oh, another way to do it would be to take a large sledge hammer to the bellhousing to gain access to those other torque converter bolts, but that's probably not the direction you want to go either.

    Hey Squirrel--is there ANYTHING you don't have a factory shop manual for?

  5. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,177


    yeah, I don't have a factory shop manual for a 50s buick, that's from Chiltons :)

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