IOW AMS3, based on your descriptions, it sounds like your tranny needs to come out. Up to you of course whether you go with a simple rebuild, used Trans or go with a better build working with what you have (your own transmission) . The most expensive piece will be the input shaft which isn't really required unless you are going racing with sticky tires and more power. The intermediate and tailshaft is strong enough. It doesn't cost much more to have the transmission rebuilt stronger than stock. I'm always harping about what a nice change a 26-2800 convertor makes to the overall driving experience, but they do. Let us know if we can offer more suggestions. The other parts and pieces (solenoid, etc) are upgraded as well by those doing the rebuilds. Not expensive parts either ... A deeper pan is also recommended.