I think the rear seal looks OK and my flywheel cleaned up nicely with some emery cloth.... Replacing everything else in side (minus the rats nest) . Having trouble landing the pilot shaft back in ... Trans just wont quite slip back in . 5 hours later I gave up and had to step away. I will try again the next warmish day we have.... Should I smooth out the teeth on that flywheel. Or is that normal?
Yes get the Dremel or thin file & clean up all those burs/
Now that I am on old fart I find laying on my back holding the box with one hand while thread the bolts in with the other a bit beyond my capacity.
Thus it is time for some gearbox fitting guides.
Get some cap bolts 2 to 4 inches longer than those originally fitted
Grind the heads off to make a taper
Then bring the box up and slide it onto the guide pins but keep the jack under the box to keep it fairly level.
If it decinately will not go in, loosen the clutch pressure plate bolts a little and then push the gear box in when a bit more force.
Once it has slipped into place, withdraw the box just enough to tighten the pressure plate bolts while using the mainshaft to keep everything in alignment
Tighten the pressure plate bolts.
A long O offet ring spanner works well for this.
Then shove the box back into place
One at a time pull the guide bolts out & replace them with the real mounting bolts and do them up finger tight then wen all of the bolts are in do them up to torque.
Now mark up your new tools and put them some where so safe you can not find them the next time you need to pull the box so you can have fun making another set.
Have just done exactly this replacing a rear welch plug on the van.
It is good to use the pins when removing the box as well so it comes back square to the engine & does not bend the end of the mainshaft or mutilate the pilot bearing.