Transmission Rebuilt

Current Location: Ozark View RV Park, Omaha, Arkansas

This morning, Malcolm was up at the crack of dawn to drive the truck the 1/2 hour over to Lead Hill, Arkansas and Brian’s Truck Shop to get the transmission rebuilt. Val stayed at the trailer and relaxed.

Brian had the transmission out at 9:00 AM and had it back in the truck by 3:30 PM. Tuning and test driving took another couple hours and Malcolm was back at the trailer by 6:00 PM for dinner. The truck drives so much better now. In addition to modifying the computer to adjust the transmission shift patterns, an additional 60 HP was added to the engine through more aggressive tuning. The truck drives like a new vehicle now. We can’t wait to see how it does towing the trailer as we head out tomorrow.

Brian lets his customers have full run of the shop, allowing them to view the whole build if desired. Malcolm took quite a few pictures during the process. Everyone is treated like family. Brian took us all out to lunch, his treat. They are great folks to work with. Total bill was right around $5,800, but the transmission should essentially last forever.

Tomorrow, we’re heading due south. Originally we were going to head back the way we came, but we would potentially be driving back into bad weather (sleet, snow, rain, etc.). So we think we will head down US 65 into Mississippi, then east across US 98 towards the RV dealer near Defuniak Springs, FL.

Here are some pictures from today.

Dropping the transmission, around 9:00 AM

Dropping the transmission, around 9:00 AM

Dirty transmission.

Dirty transmission.

Waiting room, lots of magazine articles mentioning Brian.

Waiting room, lots of magazine articles mentioning Brian.

Brian working his magic.

Brian working his magic.

Cleaned up and reassembled.

Cleaned up and reassembled.

And back into the truck, around 3:30 PM

And back into the truck, around 3:30 PM

Shop dogs

Shop dogs

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