Caller Jim said someone told him an old transmission could be used to make a home-brew potter’s wheel, and he wanted to know what sort of junkyard transmission to use. Ray suggested to find one that the gear shift lever attaches directly to the transmission, like for many pickup trucks. To avoid having to deal with the linkage presumably. The way it works apparently is an electric-motor drives the input shaft, and the wheel is attached to the output shaft. You get however many speeds the transmission has.
I got to thinking (rarely happens ) , for a direct drive to the potter’s wheel configuration like that, the transmission would have to be oriented up and down instead of horizontal. Right? So how would the gears inside the box be lubricated? Wouldn’t all the transmission fluid leak out? Or is the idea to just run the gears dry?