• To ALL forum users - As of late I have been getting quite a few private messages with questions about build ups here on the forum, or tech questions about your personal project. While I appreciate the interest, sending me a private message about these topics distracts from, and undermines the purpose of having a forum here. During the day I wear many hats as a small business owner-operator and I work tirelessly to provide the absolute best service possible to you, our valued customer. When I created this forum I rounded up some of the best minds I knew so that any tech question you might have could be asked and answered by either myself or one of my highly experienced moderators, this way the next time this same question is asked the answer can be easily found and utilized by the next IH enthusiast having the same question. This allows me the freedom to run the day to day operations of the business and minimize the impact to shipments and shop activities that these distractions can cause. It is of the up most importance for me to complete the daily tasks in order to best take care of you our customer, all the while providing you a forum to get the level advice and input you have come to expect and deserve from the premier IH shop in the country.

    So with that I ask that anyone with a question about one of our build ups or a general tech question to please use the forum as it was intended. I am absolutely available by telephone to answer your questions as well but at times may direct you back to our website to better field your question or questions. Most other private messages I will be glad to answer for you.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Jeff Ismail

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Pretty sure. Once upon a time maybe, but the hard shit don't mix well with a weak ticker. A simple and logical explanation or excuse would at least be entertaining. I'd love to hear it...hell I'd love to hear just about any response with more substance than the disjointed and mostly irrelevant one from two weeks ago. Pretty tough to explain the inexplicable. I think I've been tremendously patient and accommodating thus far out of respect, but my respect tank is sucking fumes.

The numbers are in and the accounting is done. This build was a complete botch job with no fewer than four, blatant fuckups stacked one on top of the other like cord wood. An automatic transmission is a precision piece of machinery. Whether you're a grizzled veteran or a rank novice, if you start mixing and matching springs, installing parts in the wrong order, direction or location...well friends, you're going to have issues. I don't reckon its much different than an engine in that regard.


After crapping in one hand while hoping the empty one would fill with something better for over two weeks with nothing to show for it, I finally decided to say piss on it and move forward using a few parts sourced from scott sinner aka buck dodson to replace what had been damaged and/or lost as a result of the previous build. A special thank you to mr. Dodson for such a generous contribution to this cause. I'm still expecting a meaningful resolution from the previous builder, the kind that any reasonable person in a similar situation would rightfully expect. Whether it happens or not remains to be seen. At any rate, the truck isn't doing anyone a lick of good with the front end up on ramps and trans parts scattered hither and yon. So over the past couple days, I undertook a complete tear down, inspection, cleansing, and reassembly. Basically, I rebuilt the rebuild, which was unavoidable as already discussed. I got everything buttoned up and fresh kool-aid dumped in around noon today. I'm pleased to report that this major problem child is now behaving properly for the first time in nearly 30 years! Its quite an accomplishment and I don't feel bad about crowing a little and patting myself on the back. This was my first transmission rebuild and I doubt it will be my last. I'm pretty sure that I will never encounter another build as needlessly challenging as this one proved to be. It amazed me how much easier everything went back together once I determined what parts needed to go where and in what order. Like the old saying goes, work smart not hard. Since the unit now works perfectly with all the right parts in the right places, that serves as the final indictment on the previous build.


A lot of angst in this ol' thread. Its often tough to reconcile in your head and heart when someone you consider a mentor and friend leaves you holding the bag, even when it wasn't done with any malice or intent. During my recent visit with the gang at IHPA, I had a chance to discuss mayben with Jeff and Chad and they helped give me some fresh perspective. Not that it excuses the mistakes that he made with this build, nor his failure to recognize and assume responsibility once they were pointed out. But it does at least provide a plausible explanation for their occurrence, which I hadn't considered previously. With reasonable explanation comes closure. So michael mayben, if by some strange chance you happen to read this post, I ain't holding any grudges. I'm over it. This transmission is still shifting great nearly two years later, not that the truck logs that many miles. Myself, Jeff, Chad...hell, everyone who frequents this forum, misses the hell out of you. We hope you're doing well and we'd love to hear from you, even if its only an occasional quick message in the chit chat section. Just thought you should hear it from me.
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Not to kick that dead horse again, but 100% of the (4) 727's I'm associated with, that mayben built, failed in short order. I own two of 'em. The bright side is they didn't cost much. The r & r process (again) was rather unpleasant, though.
Hell, I'd still by the old fwaker a beer if he showed up.