Originally Posted by STROKEXD
I actually do it the other way around - fit the gearbox first and support it on a cradle but align up clutch assembly as per the way Soxx said it.
I replaced my steel trans lines with Goodyear Ortrac hose - 3/8 diameter, very heavy duty and I got a neater looking layout with it than the standard steel lines.
Go for the XA type radiator with a new core design - C/T core - any decent radiator place will be able to make you one up for a decent cost.
Come on fella's, read the post!! It's an auto not a manual. Therefore, do as StrokedXD said to.
1 Install auto trans (FMX) with help, as these are heavy bastards of things.
2 Put the gearbox mount in place but do not bolt up just yet. Support the gearbox underneath the pan
3 It's up to you whether or not you bolt the torque converter on first or leave till later, my choice, put the converter in first (onto gearbox input shaft) and ensure that it goes in the '3' steps, that is, it has three splines as such to line up with.
4 Install auto trans cooler lines, once again, do as Stroked XD says with the rubber lines
5 Install engine and bolt up to transmission bell housing making sure that you line up the 4 bolt holes for the torque converter to the flex plate (if you can afford it, go for a new flex plate, $130, if the ring gear even looks ratty). Aslo, make sure that the torque converter has not popped out. Best thing to do here is to watch very closely ensuring that as you put the engin in place you do not crush the flex plate and torque converter. This is a very good way of destroying your transmission oil pump.
6 When engine is in place, bolt up trans mount. From memory I think it the last bolt holes (there are 3 locations for bolting up. C4 is shorter).
7 Once again for the radiator, as Stoked XD states, much better than the XY one.