When I started this thread almost 2 years ago I had owned my 8 for six months and prior to that the only Jeep I'd ever been around was the '95 wrangler we abuse the tar out of and use like a four-wheeler around the farm. My 8 has definitely taught me a lot.
I did drive up to the shop tonight and snapped some pics of my other transmission. I need to do a little research but I'm sure it's a T5:
So it's been three months since I've accomplished anything Jeep related. I did open up the TC this evening. Oil was extremely trashy but after cleaning everything looks good.
I also realized (I think) why it wasn't shifting back out of 4wd.
Shouldn't be too bad of a fix if this part is available. I quit because I need to find my Moses Ludell manual. Not much progress but it's something.
I think he broke that part that the rod pin rides in. JeepScrambler on here had a wanted post for it a while back and I sent one to him from a good tcase to help him out cause he has my jeepster in storage among other amazing hospitality efforts in the past
That would be what I need.
Now that I see how the part should look it explains why I could never shift back out of 4wd. I would have to remove short rail caps and tap one forward with a rubber mallet. The groove at the bottom of this part keeps the "shifter toggle" from swiveling so pressure can be applied to both rails.
Just about got the tc stripped down completely tonight. Everything appears to be in great shape. Some new bearings and this part in question should have it good as new. Assuming I can put it back together.