|Rubber (left) versus foam. The foam is more "coarse" if I had to compare.|
|Rubber installed using glue it comes with (see link). I trimmed it from there.|
|Passenger side installation. A little buckle on the left side, but as good as I could get it.|
There are two more grommets, that I have yet to install, that take the cables through the passenger compartment side of the heater box. I don't suspect any trouble with these, though the working quarters will be a bit tighter.
Next it was on to the gearbox. I had been putting this off, for whatever reason, but today was the day. I am happy to report that it went in rather smoothly.
First I wanted to clean up that area of the frame a bit since there were years (decades?) of grease and grime stuck to it. Some Purple Power and a stiff nylon brush and it was much better, though not perfect.
|Just after application of the Purple Power.|
|Not great, but better.|
|Jack and plywood lift the engine a few inches to help align it.|
|Double-nut method for running in the studs.|
After a bit of coaxing, it went in. I bolted most of it down to the motor and then attached the rear mounts. Though I bolted the rear mounting plate itself down to the frame, I left the riser that accepts the rubber mounts on the rear of the gearbox loose to allow for adjustment. Once the gearbox was fully seated, I tightened the riser down, then tightened the mounts down. Done!
|All in and pretty. You can see the heater box up there, too. Now, let's just hope it all works!|