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Transmission jack

Discussion in 'Shop Safety' started by bcurtman, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. Dec 2, 2014

    bcurtman Member

    Rosebud, MO
    Jan 8, 2014
    I have a lot of tools-more than most, but less than a lot of you. I did not have a transmission jack, but I do now. Right before I got ready to go on vacation I decided to drop the Dana 18 / T-90 combination out of my jeep. I put a floor jack under the combo where I thought it would balance, instructed my son to get back a little and to lower the jack slowly once I had pulled the assy back far enough for the input shaft to clear. I pulled the assy back rolling the jack along with it. As it cleared the bellhousing the weight all shifted and it started to roll off the jack. I had my hands strategically positioned so that if something did go wrong, I was safe. I had my left hand over the top of the cross member. I had my right hand on the top of the drum brake on the back of the transfer. As the unit came off the jack, I watched in slow motion horror as the drum rotated around so that my index finger on my right hand would be perfectly positioned directly under the drum just as it hit the floor. It was, and the unit hit hard and bounced. I crawled out from under the jeep and said "I hope its not broke". My son said what, the transfer case? I said no, my finger. He didn't know it had gotten me cause I didn't so much as let out a peep, I jut grabbed it and wrapped it in a rag. It wasn't broken; I didn't go to the doc; and we left on Vacation on schedule. I was lucky-but it is still sore and doesn't bend quite as far as it used to!

  2. Dec 5, 2014

    Danefraz Well-Known Member 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Chico CA
    Aug 11, 2012
    Oh Biscuit.

    You followed my lead, I dropped a complete d44 axle housing on my big toe. I too, thought it was balanced correctly. The drum backing plate was the blunt impact on my big toe.

    I didn't take my shoe off until I was standing in the shower... luck had it, just broken and purple, skin not. No need to see a doc to say 'yep, it's broke, sukka, that'll be $300 thank you...'

    Also took a little to stifle the sugar-honey-ice-tea across my lips as well (my munchkin was standing there too). I think it was more of a whimpered whoof...

  3. Dec 6, 2014

    47v6 junk wrecker! 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Oct 25, 2006
    Ha, I once pulled an engine out of a VW GLI with 2 step ladders and a couple 2x10's screwed together with a crank strap to pull it. Good thing nothing was under it when it all fell down under load. That was not the smartest thing I have done, definitely not the dumbest either.

    the last several times I have dropped out the transfer/transmission I dropped it from the top using an engine hoist. It works ok. I have always used a floor jack to drop transmissions to vary degrees of pain on my part when they fall off. Im too old and have too many kids to get hurt now.

    I have also moved things like Bridgeports into my basement down stairs by myself, so no more brute force and ignorance. Gotta be smarter. Heres a camelback drill from the 20's or 30's tuts in my basement never getting used.
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