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    No reverse in rebuilt tranny?

    Sent in one of my 88 D50 trans to get rebuilt and waited 9 months, it would popped out of 1st and 3rd plus it would grind when putting it into gear.

    So I get it back, put it back in and it still pops out of the forward gears and now it won't go into reverse even? I thought I had another shifter to try but the other trans has a shorter shaft on the shifter and the transfer case shifters. It seem to go over to the reverse spot but still tries to go forward?

    Anybody got a clue or good guess what a guy can do?

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    Coming into this cold, I have no idea if this is automatic or manual.

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    Sorry 2.6 with a 5 speed!

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    sounds like either the gears are not shimmed right, or the rails are not adjusted right for the shifter. These trannies are an internal rail shifter mechanism - go to the manual section under transmissions for the procedure to setup the rails and give it to the tranny shop -never assume because they rebuilt trannies they have the manual for these trucks
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    The whole thing feels sloppy (loose) when it's in what should be reverse it tries to pull forward, so I would guess the reverse gear is not moving into place!

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    sounds like a $50 rebuild. I always use a guy that has built these many times. If the guy has never seen one , he will f it up. Robert is right it is not shimmed correct.

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    $50 I wish have $1,000 into it so far, I am doing a total restore on my D50 so I wanted it done right but it's nowhere close to what I was looking for. I need it for long trips but won't take it out of my driveway the way it is! Talked to the shop and I can bring the whole thing in and they will mess with it there.

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    The most I've ever spent on a km132 is $800. Included new input shaft , cluster gear, bearings , synchros, forks , and 5th gear. The labor should be no more than $350. $50 was a figure of speech. So many people out there doing us a half ass job charging outrageous fees. I've had 10 transmissions done between km145's and 132's in various restoration projects. If the guy is worth a crap he will honor his defective work

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    Located another trans for my Extended cab project next for $450 rather go that way to start then risk another grand on a poor job!

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