Transmission replacement options
The LT77 E-suffix in my 110 is mated to a 300 Tdi and is leaking badly primarily at the extension housing seal (the output shaft seal & seal collar are new and there's little to no fluid forward of the fill plug). The transmission shifts fine, even with 51000 miles on the 300 Tdi and an unknown number of miles before that. As far as I know, here are my options:
1) Rebuild the LT77 and hope it doesn't fail shortly afterwards.
2) Replace the LT77 with an H-suffix LT77. The down side of this is that I (still) won't be able to properly set the timing on the 300 Tdi (can't see the teeth on the flywheel through the clutch housing drain plug).
3) Replace the LT77 with a short R380 with my old bell housing. Same problem as above.
4) Replace the LT77 with a short R380 and modify the short 380 bell housing. This was an option offered by Dave @ Ashcroft, but I'm not quite sure of the details. Anyone familiar with this?
5) Replace the LT77 with a 300 Tdi R380 & bell housing and move the engine to the proper location. I know this is the correct answer, but it also involves the most labor. Plus, I have no welding experience and would have to either learn or have the car towed to a shop (or find a traveling welder?). And once I have the transmission out, how difficult is it to remove the 300 Tdi (I've removed & installed several Jeep engines)?
Anything I've missed? Any opinion on these options?
Thanks in advance.
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