I am going to tackle the shift shaft seal replacement this winter on my 1988 Mondial cab 3.2. I have searched the various threads on the Mondial and 308 boards, and frankly, it is not reassuring, in that there seems to be all kinds of different ideas on how to do this. I have looked at alot of threads, maybe I am missing some but I can only conclude that this procedure seems simple for some ("a leisurely one and a half day job") to having all kinds of problems (can't get the shaft out, new seals too tight to reinstall shaft, staked nuts (but don't damage the transmission case), shifter out of alignment, etc.). For example, some say you remove the oil sump pan, and not the gearbox sump, but then caveat if you are using the aftermarket quad seals you do need to remove the gearbox pan. I am going to use the factory style OEM seals (bought the kit from AW Italian) and I don't understand why one would not since mine lasted 30 years and the install is less problematic? Some say you can't actually get the shift shaft out without removing the whole shifter itself with the console removal etc., others say you can and still others say you can but you have to loosen the engine mounts and slightly shift the engine (! why would anyone do that if there were other options). Some refer to removing a staked aluminum seal retaining washer, others suggest that is not required or make no mention of this. Others refer to getting the new seal in with a finger and a tool, but what tool is never described. Some refer to the one seal that leaks outside the car, little is said about the one that goes into the oil sump. There is a special tool in the Unobtanium catalogue to help align the shifter, looks like it holds the spring and balls in while still allowing the gearbox pan to be open. But there is no clear information on how to use this tool or why others do not seem to use it? Some say you must get this tool. Others do not seem to do that. The whole shift alignment procedure also sounds like there are different opinions on how to do it (second gear verses third gear shifter placement, eg). Some refer to an unspecified tool to stake the washer, suggesting there is not enough clearance to hammer it. My car shifts perfectly, and but for some oil drips I wouldn't change a thing. But if this seal is dripping, and I presume its original, the other one that connects the gear and oil sumps probably is also at the end of its life as well, so time to proactively replace before things get more serious. I am quite worried about making the shift quality worse, whether I do the work myself or get the very scarce mechanics in my small Toronto market to do the job. Can somone point to or clarify a procedure that is specific to the Mondial (rather than the 308, maybe that is why there are different approaches in the threads?), and provide some fresh advice on the tools/parts required, at the least I want to have everything I need on hand before I start into things. The main events for me are: do I need to remove the oil sump...do I need to remove the console and shifter...tool to insert new seals...shift alignment procedure using Unobtanium tool. I had success renewing the differential seals last winter, and the procedures were clear, the recommended Hill Engineering seal insertion tool was very helpful, and I had no surprises (other than how messy it gets to clean out a CV joint).