Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Ft Worth, Tx USA
If the noise stops when you clutch it, it is the tranny. It could be the needle bearings in the cluster, but I have never seen them go bad if both rows, and spacers are in both ends of the cluster gear are correct.
The most common prob with all std tranny's making noise is the input bearing. This bearing can be changed without dissambeling the trans. Just pull the tranny, remove the throw out bearing retainer, remove the snap ring, then the bearing.
Here is how to get the bearing off. Using two large screw drivers, pull the input shaft out about 1/4 inch, and put the screw drivers under the snap ring on the outter race of the bearing. You will need some kind of brass here, hold the brass on the end of the input shaft, and tap on it. You will have to reposition the screw drivers over, and over until the bearing is off.
Clean, and dry the bearing, give it a spin and you will hear that fimilar noise.