Did you ever find a shop? I am on the east side of Georgia - and I just pulled pieces of synchro out of the bottom of my transmission. I am hoping I can find a good shop to work on a FHN for a B5.5 - 5 speed. Any suggestions would be appreciated.....Can anyone suggest a transmission shop that rebuilds manual transmissions in the southeast ? GA, SC, FL, TN, AL, NC is all ok.
Thank you for the response - I reached out to vwtipz and sent him pictures of the pieces (of synchros we think....) I pulled out of the transmission drain hole after draining it. He converted my ride from auto to 5 speed sourced from Europe 210K miles ago. Turns out he had the same conclusion as you did - just get a replacement unit and bolt it in.Cheapest most practical solution is to go to car-part.com and get a grade A low miles factory original used trans and run it. Trans rebuilds have a horrible failure rate. MUCH higher than good used transmissions. Ask me how I know that.