Spent a few hours checking for a leak from the tranny and found the washer on the fill/dipstick plug
had rotted through in a few places and replaced it with a copper washer also the vent hole was almost plugged solid and hard to blow through so I cleaned with a wire and alcohol then
I ran the motor
in forward for 1/2 hour let sit an hour and found no evidence that it leaked or weeped any ware.
I checked the fluid level and it is right at the mark.
This situtation really forced me to get down there and learn what's going on with the drive train. I feel much more comfortable knowing how everything works.