Well... there was no more putting it off! Had to get the pickup fixed.
I lined up my BIL Mike (Hillbilly), warmed up the shop, and started the big job!
As I lay under the truck contemplating where to start, I kept thinking... the he!! with this! I am going to farm this out!
One phone call to the guy I had put a clutch in this truck a while back, and his estimate of $800 to $1200 was all the kick in the a$$ I needed to get started!
Once Mike and I came up with a plan, it really didn't go all that bad. Took probably 2 hours to get it apart. It was really great to see that the 5th gear nut really had spun off! I knew that was what was wrong, but until you can actually see it, you just never know what is behind that next cover!
Here are a couple of visual aids for ya!
First picture is with the rear cross member and the transfer case removed. The transfer case adapter / rear transmission cover is also removed. Mike and I fabbed up a quicky support from an old trailer hitch and a couple of "J" bolts to hold up the transmission and the rear of the engine as we had to remove the cross member.
This next shot is of the components involved. I don't have it back together yet. I had to see what was going on in there so I could line up the parts I need.
Notations on the picture should explain everything! The splines and the threads on the main shaft seem fine, so I think the upgraded gear and nut package should cure my problem.
More pictures when it goes back together!