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Rusty’s T-96 Transmission Rebuild

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Another thing I got accomplished recently was the rebuilding of Rusty’s T-96 transmission. It’s been a couple decades since I’ve rebuild a T-90, but I think a person could follow a T-90 side shift guide when rebuilding the T-96 (I didn’t think of this until after I was done — instead I used an old rebuild manual from the late 60’s that has rebuilds of 35 different styles of transmissions). Once again, I thought I had more pics, but I didn’t. So, this isn’t a step-by-step overview.

I took this photo at the beginning of the tear-down to remember which way the speedometer gear should face. The lack of a transfercase is part of what makes this rebuild different from most other jeep transmissions. 

Here’s the transmission with the input shaft pulled forward. My first gear and second gears were a bit worn. 2017-05-20-transmission2

Once I removed all the gears, I discovered the reverse gear had a broken tooth. 2017-05-20-transmission3

Close up of broken tooth. Thankfully, Charles Tate had sent me a box of T-96 parts that included a reverse gear. I was also able to replace the entire bottom cluster, first gear, and second gear. That saved me some money!


To remove the side shifters, a pin has to be tapped out. I was able to remove the 2/3 gear shifter, but not the first/reverse unit. Since there was no critical reason I could see for removing the first/reverse mechanism, I left it as is and cleaned up the housing.2017-05-20-transmission4

Normally, I’d paint the housing before assembly. However, with time being an issue and lacking enough warmth on the rebuild day to properly paint it, I will paint it at a later date. 2017-05-20-transmission5

One other unique thing about the T-96: it requires the use of a special speedometer cable that is also used for Jeepsters and wagons.



4 Comments on “Rusty’s T-96 Transmission Rebuild

  1. norman sweet

    Hi Rusty, I have a T-96 from a Gibson tractor . 46 or 47 I think. it was left outside under a tree for 25 plus yrs so water got in through the shift tower. I got the aenl Wisconsin back together and runs and starts like a new one. my question is are you familiar with T 96’s set up for a Gibson? mine is in pieces or id send you pictures, the input shaft has a collar on it for a 48 teeth # 50 chain drive and the tailstock is short w/no speedometer gear hole. any help is greatly appreciated. the cluster, input shaft, reverse gear, syncros, 1 st & 2 nd gear is all kaput. the only decent parts still good are the case and main shaft from the rear.

  2. David Eilers Post author

    Hi Norman,

    I want to apologize for missing this comment. I see that you asked a question about the T-96 on April 22. I am not familiar with how the t-96 was used in a tractor.

    I did some research. Based on this website ( ), the T-96s are the same. Quoting the post:

    “A number of tractors were issued with Chevrolet transmissions and Plymouth differentials; however, others were used as available, including Borg-Warner T-96 transmissions–the same as those used in Willys Jeeps, AMC, Crosley, Ford-Falcon, and Studebaker automobiles, and Economy Power-King garden tractors, amongst others.”

    The above quote suggests they are the same, though it’s possible that the principal shaft is different.

    On April 27 you asked a second question about the tower. Given the quote above, it seems plausible that your tower might work, but I have never tried adapting a tower to the T-96.

    If the tower in fact works, it would be something I’d like to report to eWillys readers. Someone might find such a conversion useful.

    Sorry I can’t be more help,

    – Dave

  3. Paul Lang

    I have a T-96 trans out of a 49 Jeepster an looking for the shift rods that go to the trans to the steering column. Do you have them or now were i could get a pair

  4. David Eilers Post author


    I’d try the … they might have what you need. Note that as I understand it, the shifting rods were slightly different between the DJ-3As and the Jeepsters. Whether the Jeepsters and the CJ-2A column shifters were the same is not something I know offhand.

    – Dave

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