Thanks Alan ...... I'ld have been OK with a used one but didn't have it handy and did not want to pull the VB out of my '95 to look at it .....I prefer to take the stiffner plate from early valvebodies and install it on late, you do have to grind it a little to clear the passage. I carry all of sonnax's products I just don't see the point of the gasket they use with their plate kit not that it really matters it doesn't hurt anything.
Today, July 4th, 2014 .... I was getting the 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis ready for a trip to Georgia next week, took it to town for state inspection (it was covered up, it expired in May, so I made a appointment) and as I was driving, I was thinking about the J-mod I want to do .... so when I got home I got to looking around in my shop .... I had the trans filter, had about 30 quarts Mercon V on the shelf, had the box with the Sonnax #76507F-01K reinforcement plate kit (see http://forums.tccoa.com/showthread.php?t=142615, about post 12-13 for "why") and VB gaskets ..... and car has 76,545 miles .... about 30K on current fluid .... so I got her done today.Talk about procrastination .... today I ... etc ...
I cleaned my separator plate, used a sharpie to mark holes, checked them several times, and then ...Per Jerry W. regarding 1998- 4R70W's...
>Ignore what the article says and do this...
> Remove the bottom 1-2 accumulator spring and remove the bottom 2-3
> accumulator spring.
> For holes do this.
> Hole #2 is the intermediate clutch feed (1-2 shift). Make this hole in the
> .100"-.110" range. It should be .081" in your plate right now.
> Hole #10 is the reverse clutch feed. Totally optional. If you want it to
> engage into reverse faster when you move the lever, open this up to .093".
> Holes #4 & 5 are the direct clutch feed (2-3 shift). Open both of these
> holes up to .100"-.110".
> Holes #9 and 11 are the forward clutch feed (4-3/4-2 shift). Make both of
> these .100-.110" as well.
> So, it looks like you need a drill of around .100" and you should be good.
> When you open up holes 4&5 make sure the hole in the gasket between the
> separator plate and valve body casting, is large enough. These holes are a
> little small.
Same reason why we own this cars and not a Honda or Mustang. It may takes a certain type of people to own a Mn12. The second line in your sig may be a hint.
I know .... and you can get it even cheaper.