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Photographic proof.

High resolution pictures. Will take forever to view without a broadband service.

There were five (5) pictures taken at the Cottman shop of the transmission internals, before any work was performed:

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General shot.

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General shot.

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General shot.

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General shot.

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Catch magnet. Picks up pieces of metal in the fluid.

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Dozens were taken when my Father and I pulled it apart to inspect it. These were some of our findings:

Starter bolt missing.

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Magnet not even cleaned.

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Throwout bearing shaft was not greased.

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Throwout bearing was not greased.

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Clutch arm not greased.

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Excessive wear on gears, synchros, sleeves.

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Counter shaft nut was never removed. See comparison below.

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Cracked bearing on counter shaft.

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Same differential bearing.

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Compare the counter shaft nut before and after:

Zoomed version of above picture taken in Cottman's shop.

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Same as above, taken in my Father's shop.

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Notice the yellow paint markings are identical. This means that the nut was never removed. It is not possible to reinstall the same nut to torque, and pinch in the same place. Also, reinstalling the nut will cause the original pinched area to break.

Had Cottman put on the factory yellow paint on a new nut, it would be impossible to replicate the same exact markings.

Since the nut was never removed, nothing on that shaft was removed or replaced. That is obviously so by inspecting the parts on the shaft. The nut just proves this to those unfamiliar with indications of wear inside a transmission.

The bearing just below the nut is the one that is cracked, as seen above.

Compare the differential bearing before and after:

Zoomed version of above picture taken at Cottman's shop.

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Same as above, taken in my Father's shop.

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By observing the dimples on the bearing, you can see that they are identical. Thus the bearing was never replaced.

Conclusion: Nothing was removed or replaced inside this transmission.

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2005