November 15, how time flies.
Well, the engine is currently being removed (again) to replace the rear main seal. I've been meaning to update progress, but I've either been too busy or too lazy, sorry. Sue me.
I did the auto seals, although the selector shaft seal was ok, the O ring on the kick down lever was missing and without the lever installed, there was a leak. That was fixed, and the lock nut on the band adjuster was leaking too, so I replaced that. It was a herculean effort at night with only my little floodlight, but I got it done, the valve body back in and the pan on and re-filled. The next morning, there is pink fluid on the ground: the pan gasket (firm rubber) won't seal on the stamped steel pan, will it. So, I carefully cleaned all my drain pans until I could eat out of them and re-removed the pan, used Ultra Blue silicone carefully around both pan and casing and tried again. This time, the auto is bone dry. However, after an extended test drive to work and back, plus in town to pick up random stuff needed to finish the Bronco, I got home and checked for fluid leaks, only to find engine oil (a lot of oil) on the rear of the oil pan, dripping off the bell-housing and on the trans pan. So, it's coming out to replace the crank seal. I'm hoping it is the neoprene seal, as it will be easy to replace. Otherwise, if it's a rope seal, I'll have to pull the crank to change it to the neoprene one. I also have to fit the adjustable cams for a wheel alignment (it tramlines badly with those big square shouldered tyres) and pull the front quad shocks off. The ride is like running over 4 x 4 timber on even small bumps and corrugations are hell on earth. With those Monroe gas shocks (2 on each front) it is way over damped with the new springs. It's worth the experiment to see what difference it makes, anyway.
We are also going back to the factory steel styled wheels with 32/11.5R15s, to get rid of those heavy tractor tyres. I hate Cooper tyres. The slightly rounded tread surface on the new tyres will help stop or limit the tram-lining and make it drive better (hopefully). The old rims and tyres will be sold on eBay. Mick and I are both going to use the same type wheels and tyres, so we can swap or use each other's spares in an emergency out bush. I'll snap some pictures tomorrow.