Here is a small project that almost anyone can do and will greatly ease the maintenance of any automatic transmission. It is the installation of a drain plug on the transmission pan. All it took was for me to change the oil and filter once to realize that the addition of a drain plug would make the job far easier and cleaner.
Here is the pan without any drain at all:
There are bolt on drain kits kits available that only require a hole to be drilled, but since I had access to a welder, I made my own kit. I used a 1/2"-20 nut, and a plug off an old oil pan, The gasket is available at any parts store:
I decided to add the plug at the left front side of the pan so that the plug would not be in the way if it were on the bottom. A 9/16" hole was drilled first:
The paint around the hole was cleaned off with a wire wheel on a bench grinder in preparation for welding:
The nut was then clamped into position over the hole:
I used a MIG welder to weld the nut to the pan. The plug was installed, and the pan was filled with water to check for any leaks, fortunately there were none:
A little paint, and it is done. This was an easy to do project that cost nothing, and will greatly add to the ease of maintenance on the vehicle: