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Somehow, my tranny got itself into a tough situation. It was so bad that an important protrusion — the throwout bearing sleeve that surrounds the input shaft in the bell housing — was sheared off. It wasn’t quite the tranny it had been with the ol’ nub hacked off, so I had to purchase a prosthetic one from a race shop. They specialize in drag, but also circle track, and now, apparently, old beaters as well, as this one came out of an ’86 Subaru wagon. Suffice to say that the split case aluminum tranny is an elegant design with extremely precise machining from the factory, so there were no worries about post-op complications. I’m happy to report that the thing has ferried my lady and I all over the state with minimal problems.