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1986 Nissan 720, 2wd shortbed, 5 speed. Door plate says FS5W71B, but I am only finding rebuild kits for the 71C. Transmission is leaking from rear output shaft, grinds into 2nd gear, and will pop out of gear when I let off the gas. 5th gear also has a strange rattle, but doesn't grind into gear. Also occasionally if I let it sit and warm up the engine will stall out when I let out the clutch, but as soon as I put it back in it will idle fine. If I just start it up and go I do not encounter this problem. Also I can't shift into first gear unless I am completely stopped. Once stopped, shifts in just fine.


So what I need to know is will the rebuild kits offered online from companies like cobra transmission that advertise their kit as being a direct fit for my truck work even though they are listed as being for a 71C?

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There's not much you can see or do from the outside. One thing is check the transmission oil level. The fill plug is about half way up the driver's side. You should easily be able to dip your finger into the oil if it is full. Might be a good idea to just change it if you have no idea when it was changed last. Two liters of GL-4 80w90. Do NOT use GL-5 as it contains concentrated additives that will attack your brass synchro rings. Any oil you use must be GL-4 or marked safe for brass/copper/'yellow metal'. This is unlikely to fix the problem if the transmission is full but if low or near empty.... you never know.


Is the end of the tailshaft where the driveshaft connects, wet with oil? This would indicate the transmission is low or perhaps empty.

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The switch to the 71C from the 71B was '86.5. The C signifies the style of shift mechanism. However some other C transmission parts were also introduced on late 71B transmissions. The after market transmission rebuild kits don't include the shifter so as long as the bearings and synchros are compatible they called them a C even if in the older style B case.  Only way to be sure and get the correct B parts is from Nissan. Otherwise quote your exact year/model and build date when ordering parts.

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Build date is 12/85 so I am assuming it does have the 61mm countershaft bearings along with the other upgrades to 71C standards. Would mine have the syncros that are all the same size?


1-4 synchros.............. 32604-P0100 about $40 ea

5th synchro................ 32604-E9801 about $50

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