So I am about to mate a MSM 6-speed transmission to my motor and install it in the car. I wanted to do this over the weekend, but I hit a snag. There is some evidence that the input shaft seal (front) could be leaking a bit. So I do not want to take a chance on getting the whole thing in the car and having a problem. I want to replace it beforehand.
Problem is, no one has one locally. I tried the dealer, AutoZone, Advanced, OReilly, and NAPA. Most of them do not even have a number for it in their system. RLogan, by some Miata miracle, had an input shaft seal in his garage, and I picked it up from him this afternoon. Problem is, when I got it home, it is a lot smaller than the 6-speed seal. Rosenthal shows two different part numbers for the 5 and 6 speed input shaft seals so the one he had must be for a 5-speed. So, though it was a valiant effort, it did not work out.
So of course I can order one and wait a week, which I do not want to do. So I am wondering if by some small miracle that someone knows of a seal from another application that would do the job, and one the auto parts stores would carry so I can get it tomorrow (Sunday). It is a long shot I know, so I am not holding my breath.
I suppose I could pull the seal, measure it and/or take it to the parts store and go through all the seals looking for a match. But even with a sympathetic counter guy that could be a real PIA. I think I would rather wait.
I hate this crap. I get all motivated to finally get the engine back in the street car (been spending all my pare time working on the LS1 track car) and get stopped by a stupid $10 part
I think I need to go have a beer, chill, wake up tomorrow, and find something else to do other than installing the motor. There is that Momo seat I still need to install...