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I just bought a transmission out of a 97 Ram 1500 4x4, to replace the transmission in my 96 1500 4x4 both have the 360. I didn't find a tag on the side of the transmission, I need to swap the trans out of my truck this weekend. I didn't find a tag on the outside of the new trans. how do I make certain that it will bolt up? Was kinda impulsive on the purchase as the new trans was recently rebuilt, and came out of a 1500 just one year newer. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully I can get this transmission swapped, as I have never done a tranny swap before ( I am mechanically inclined :LOL: )

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I just bought a transmission out of a 97 Ram 1500 4x4, to replace the transmission in my 96 1500 4x4 both have the 360. I didn't find a tag on the side of the transmission, I need to swap the trans out of my truck this weekend. I didn't find a tag on the outside of the new trans. how do I make certain that it will bolt up? Was kinda impulsive on the purchase as the new trans was recently rebuilt, and came out of a 1500 just one year newer. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully I can get this transmission swapped, as I have never done a tranny swap before ( I am mechanically inclined :LOL: )

Thanks in advance for your help!!!
If they are both 360's then it should just bolt right on.

Their isn't a difference of the transmission between the 96 and 97. They both used the 46RE in the 1500 series.
The 2500 used a 46RE or a 47RE and the 3500 used the 48RE.

The 46RE is a decent transmission, many improvements over the 46 series.
 

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Ok, going to try to do this on saturday. Anyone have suggestions on what to look for, procedures, things not to. Any help here would be great. I have actually never done one of these. kinda worried that I wont be able to get this finished on saturday which is my goal. Anyone nearby that is willing to help out for beer and pizza:smileup: :) haha Seriously.. any suggestions would be highly appreciated!!

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Ok, going to try to do this on saturday. Anyone have suggestions on what to look for, procedures, things to look out for. Any help here would be great. I have actually never done one of these. kinda worried that I wont be able to get this finished on saturday which is my goal. Anyone nearby that is willing to help out for beer and pizza:smileup: :) haha Seriously.. any suggestions would be highly appreciated!!

Thanks!
-George
It is very easy to do and a transmission can be swapt out within a matter of hours.
You are going to want to have a engine support, what I usually do is take a 10,000 LB racheting tie down strap and wrap is around the frame a couple of times then under the oil pan and wrap on the opposite frame and then tighten, this always works for me.

You have to remove the torque converter bolts from the flex plate because the torque converter must be removed with it still attached to the transmission. Obviously drain the transmission fluid first before doing any work. It's all pretty common sense stuff, nothing special.

Just one special thing you need to do, when you attached the transmission to the engine don't tighten the bolts to draw the transmission to the block, you must have the transmission flush against the block on the engine block dowels.

Any another important thing to remember is when you go to bolt the torque converter back to the flex plate use Lock Tite Blue and let it dry overnight, the reason for this is the bolts have a tendency to loosen themselfs and cause a knocking noise and can fly off and put a hole in the bell housing.

Torque those torque converter bolts to 25 ft-lbs. Bell housing to block bolts 50 ft-lbs, and anything that bolts to the aluminum bell housing wrist tight.
 

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am I screwed?

I just talked to the guy I bought that transmission from. He said the motor was a 318. I talked to a few folks and they tell me that the block is the same. Will this transmission work? Now I am kinda worried. :4-dontknow: I hope I am not screwed on this transmission.

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I just talked to the guy I bought that transmission from. He said the motor was a 318. I talked to a few folks and they tell me that the block is the same. Will this transmission work? Now I am kinda worried. :4-dontknow: I hope I am not screwed on this transmission.

Thanks in advance!
George
It should still fit because it is the same bolt pattern. The only thing you will have to do is mark an alignment mark on the torque converter and flex plate because you're going to have to probably reuse the old torque converter, the reason for this is because the 318 is internally balanced while the 360 is externally balanced.
 

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I need some help. I swapped out the transmission on my 96 1500, and now it will turn over like a champ, but will not start. I checked all the wire connections, and all seems right. What am I missing? I am going nuts. been at it for 12 hours now. ready to sleep. lol
 

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I need some help. I swapped out the transmission on my 96 1500, and now it will turn over like a champ, but will not start. I checked all the wire connections, and all seems right. What am I missing? I am going nuts. been at it for 12 hours now. ready to sleep. lol
Did you make sure to reconnect the crankshaft position sensor?
 
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