[QUOTE=Shark Racer;1583158780]commander 47 - did you weld in a new plate for the tunnel?
I didn't weld in a plate. I know some guys to that.
There is a large indentation where the automatic shifter goes. Unfortunately I do not have a good before picture.
I used my hammer and body anvil to beat the indentation up. Because the metal had been stretched to create the bulge, I cut a slot to remove the extra metal and make it all nice and level.
Then I welded the seam together.
After all that work, you still have to enlarge the hole for the four speed.
I made a cardboard template and cut the hole to stock specifications and it all fit together perfectly.
I will say something else that was a real PITA. I dropped the motor and trans in together.
You will never get the new trans in this way with the crossmember in place.
You have to bring the cross member up, with the linkage attached to it.
Once it's all up, you cannot place the little tool in the shifter to adjust the forks.
If I ever were to do this again, I would try to bring the tranny up with the crossmember and linkage already attached and adjusted. Not sure this is possible.
But I'm just one man in my home garage. I don't have fancy lifts or anything.