I am about to commence the rebuilding of the CD4E transmission for my 1996 2.0L ‘Tour (I have obtained a used case), however, I have few concerns the nature of which are as follows.
The very first item to be installed in the rebuild is the Low/Reverse Piston which the rebuild manual (Ford CD4E Rebuild Procedures by Cliff McCormack) recommends needs “Seal Protectors” for safe installation. However, I do not have access to these tools & cannot justify spending $110.00 ( p://www.toolsource.com/ford-clutch-piston-seal-protectorinstaller-cd4e-p-94331.html?osCsid=6tn71f65a8tnc6ucobfb0j3810 ) to purchase them. Therefore I am using this medium to ascertain whether anyone has done this rebuild & if so what method was used to install the Low/Reverse Piston.
Secondly I intend to install a TransGo SK CD4E-Jr Shift Kit; however, I am not sure on how to approach the drilling of the holes in the Accumulator & Main Valve Body Plates. I am sure that these holes must be accurately drilled, however, while the instructions in the kit shows where the holes are to be drilled they do not give any measurements to ensure accuracy. Consequently, I am also seeking assistance on how to proceed with drilling the one hole in the Accumulator Plate and the three in the Main Valve Body in order to have them accurately done & not destroy the valve body. (I wish TransGo had included a template that could be used to do this).
The usual comments/suggestions & assistance will be greatly appreciated.