Transmission problem I believe
First off, 2004 ranger edge 3.0 5-speed 2wd, all stock except for tires. Recently I've started to hear some loud clunks when accelerating from a stop followed be chattering and some metal scratching up through mid 3rd. I figured brakes or wheel bearing since the noise seems to come from the front half of the truck. Well I think that assumption was wrong. Around 40 mph, if I desngage the clutch or put it in neutral I get some heavy vibrations in the stick. Once I drop below 35 mph the vibration in the stick stops. But at every single stop, the bad clunking, rattling, and slight squeels start again until I reach mid 3rd gear. So I'm pretty sure I'm looking at something in the tranny whether it be input shaft bearing, clutch or something else. Dont hear any noises through floorboard. At some point I even thought rear end because I know I've had a leaking axle seal for a while, but the noise isnt coming from the rear half that I can tell. Anyone got any ideas for me to look at? I have to wait at least a week before I can take off of work to start even looking at things so maybe someon can point me in a general direction. Any help is appreciated!