The 2nd gen parts ought to go right in that 1st gen tranny. I know the tranny I got for my 3.5 came out of a 2nd gen. and it works perfect with mine. I'm guess that parts would have to be the same in order for it to actually be compatible because the gearing feels the exact same, just now it actually shifts over 2nd gear =D
OVer joy, if I do, I get to learn all about timing belts on the 3.5.
They're nothing, changing my belt and water pump was the first work I've ever done on a car. Took me a little while, but it just makes the success that much sweeter. All I can say is don't pull off the crankshaft pully. I tried and tried and tried and it would not come off. Then i just wiggled the belt and pulled it through the spaces in the pulley and it came off. 5 min later I was running the new belt around the camshafts.
nice thread. i am certainly going to upgrade the transmission. it's making so much noise when in gear - the car hardly moves now. it thumps a few times during engine start and then quiets down, but in gear, car shudders, both in forward and reverse gears. i'm starting to wonder if it's the torque converter.
I'm looking into rebuilding the trans in a 97 I just bought. When you did your rebuild did you end up using a dial indicator? Or did you just use calipers to get an overall thickness of the clutch packs?