It's going down to the freezing point for the next week though.
That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Lol
PS... Grinders make me fricken nervous.
My friend's coworker had a cutting disk explode and a chunk was embedded in his forehead right between his eyes.
I always find myself watching the cut wondering which way the shrapnel will fly. I hold one eye shut and tip my head and hold my breath.
You don't want to breathe that s*** in.
Edit: l did wear safety glasses and a dust mask but the glasses steamed up within 30 seconds and I couldn't see worth a crap.
You really need to make sure that the cutoff wheel is square and doesn't bind.
I'm glad you're interested because I may have given up on removing the transmission/gearbox otherwise.
I crawled under the car to undo the bolts between parts #32 and part #17 and most of the bolts just needed to be cracked free then unthreaded easily but there was a bolt at the corner nearest the firewall that was really hard to crack and stayed REALLY tight.
There's not enough clearance to use a socket so I had to use my 14 mm wrench I was laying on my back reaching up and my neck and arms stinging.
I can only get 1/12 of a rotation out of the bolt and the wrench was digging into the palm of my hand until it turned red and got really sore.
This is as far as I got after 10 minutes and it needs to unthread about an inch like the other bolt.
So I gave up for the day.
I may just try to cut it off with the grinder if I can reach it in there.
31N007 mentioned that I may not have enough clearance to slide the gearbox and its splined shaft out of the bell housing so I will probably have to cut out around where I had hacked away at the frame rail to get the cover off.
I'm going to try to go at it with the saws-all.
I'm a lot more comfortable with that tool.
The manual says to remove the cover and the fifth gear assembly before separating parts #32 & #17 but I want to see if I can keep it together until I get it off the car so I can look at things and how they mesh before I take it apart and lose half the parts. Lol
I've already got some crap on 5th gear from having the cover off.
Yep, steel bolts in to alloy castings are always fun once they've been sitting for a while!
The bolts that go from the gearbox to the engine were so tight the 1/2" impact gun didn't budge them, had to go for a breaker bar AND a 3ft extension!
Mazda reckons the gearbox can be removed separately, so there should be just enough room right?