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1990 Riviera Shop installed wrong transmission? no overdrive

The shop that replaced my transmission installed a used one and I no longer have overdrive. The shifter is very loose now and seems to slip out of gear. Is this the wrong trany? They also had to remove the engine to replace the trany. Is that normal? I just had the car to my mechanic a month ago to look over everything for winter. He told me the frame had two bolts holding the engine and that it would eventually start to drop, but I had quite awhile before that would happen. I informed the shop that did the trany about the bolts before they started the trany work. The owner looked at them and said they were fine, no problems there. They had the car for 8 days before it was done. When I drove off the car made loud clunking noises when turning the wheels left. (shop is a block from my home) So I pulled in my drive to look at it. Both front wheels were tilted in and the frame appeared lower on one side. I called, he said it was okay to drive and would give it an alignment in the morning. So I left for work and the started making a super loud screeching noise when driving straight, as if metal was grinding. I drove about a mile and immediately returned home. They were now closed. The next morning I had antifreeze all over the drive. I took the car to shop owner, he said he was going to replace the two bolts and align the front end. Why would he need to replace the bolts if they were fine before? My son drove the car to my drive when they were done. I have not driven the car yet and won't until I have it looked at. I think they are trying to put one (or more) over on me. In good faith I paid them in full up front. I am a single Mom of 4 making only minimum wage and will greatly appreciate any advice and answers. Thank you so much.

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Sounds like they replaced your tranny with a 3 speed one. while it's not going to hurt anything, you won't have over drive and get better gas milage as you would with overdrive.but there should not be any looseness in your shifter. they should fix that right away. slipping out of gear can be very dangerous. as for the rest, it sounds like they did very shoddy work to say the least.

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