I got a bad situation. I just put all the money I would have for a long while into truck upgrades, and now I see that I am missing a few teeth in the flexplate where it stops (at the starter). This is not a fun situation when it's time for starting the truck (I had to turn engine, made me late to work). I happen to have a new GM flexplate, but I don't feel mechanically inclined enough to lower TH400/NP208 myself (nor do I have a tranny jack). I asked some mechanics and they all insisted that the tranny must be lowered (or at least pulled back on threaded studs) in order to remove and replace flexplate. This is just bad timing financially. Does anybody know a mechanic in the Bay Area (I live 60 min. North of San Francisco) that could R & R a flexplate without lowering the tranny? I read on here that it was possible, but the professional mechanics I tried to hire to do so said, "Not possible." Also, isn't this hard on my starter drive gear? Maybe I could just carry a 1" wrench and live with it--kind of an extra theft deterrent! I think this would ruin the drive gear on the starter. What would you do? If I had the money, I would put in a performance torque converter while I was in there, so maybe I could wait and save up. It's the black truck at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.bigerik.coloradoK5.com>http://www.bigerik.coloradoK5.com</A>.