Last summer was a kind of check the gas and fill the transmission fluid experience on the Vintage Sol. A quart would last a couple short trips before it ended up in the bilge so it had to be addressed. I admire the folks here that have the capacity to pull these monster 427's and the incredibly heavy P44 transmission but it is beyond my scope and desire to attempt. I know a guy here in West Michigan who swapped a motor in my 27' commander years ago and he agree to take care of it for me. He was able to pull the motor and trans without even removing the risers! I was very impressed to say the least!

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So I would like to recommend a transmission specialist in Grand Rapids who does excellent work on these old trannies and turn around time was 5 days!!! Ryan at Grand Rapids Transmission Service has plenty of experience with these.  I have 3 chris craft owner/friends who have used him and all were pleased with the work and the service. He explained to me that the parts are becoming less common but he was able to get everything required for my rebuild in a day or 2. My trans worked fine before  but I had him go over it so I could be sure I would never have to deal with that motor pulling headache again and I am glad I did. The were some hotspots on some of the forward clutch discs so at spme point the fluid level got lower than I thought . A groove was worn in the shoe from 45 years of shifting and the anchor that holds the reverse band gets worn badly and limits the ability to adjust it as wear continues. The rear seal was rock hard and cracked allowing the steady flow of fluid out of the case. Everything is back together now and the unit was put on a dyno to assure proper function and no leaks. It should be back in the boat by end of next week so 2 weeks total for the project. Total trans bill was $2800 which is very reasonable I have been told. The transmission in shop in Kalamazoo is closing down so I feel this company is a good addition to our "vender/service" list of quality providers based on my experience and my friends. I have no affiliation with this company, just sharing knowledge and experience with them.

Thank you, hopefully I don't need it for a lot of years, but good to know.

thanks for the pictures, I remember your post months ago about the leak, I was wondering how that seal was replaced. helpful to know about a good trans. shop that can repair the old stuff. happy new year.....   

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