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    65stanger big blue fuzzy closet monster Founding Member

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    Well, for the first time this year, I've actually made some progress on "sally" today..............her old 7.5" rear axle assy is OUT! Now I just need to get the old leaf springs out of the way......unfortunately the front bolts are bound up in the spring bushings, I've currently got them soaked with WD40.........
    I also have to pull the old drive shaft still, but hey at least I got something done today!
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    The entire rear end or just the axles and pumpkin?

    You may have to resort to a sawsall or zip disk for that.


    Doesn't your drive shaft just slip out of the tranny once the rear u-joint is dropped, or is the six cylinder a bolt on flange?


    Anyway, I just got back from San Francisco on Monday (been there since Thursday morning). I was at a conference for my son's rare disorder (Moebius syndrome). I had been saving all my nickles and dimes for that trip, so had put off some much needed maintenance on Hellcar. But now that we're back I will be doing the upper and lower control arms and a Shelby drop. I am also going to order the arm and bracket kit for the B&M shifter I've had hanging in my garage with turbo350 ends on it for eons. Then will be a modest pair of rear tires. I think I should be able to keep everything under $600. I haven't done anything to the car since I started driving it a couple years ago because I built it to be so damn reliable, but the front end really does need attention. I also need a small project like that so a will have something to post about!
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    65stanger big blue fuzzy closet monster Founding Member

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    Wheel-to-wheel sans the leafs, which are still hanging by the front bolt.

    I just spent part of my "Nursing Incentive" bonus from work on new soles for "sally's" "new" shoes......(4) BF Goodrich 225/60R14 Radial T/As

    I'm hoping to have her back on her feet (rolling chassis) before it's time to wrap her for winter.
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    Realmongo I prefer to be called "Evil Genius" Founding Member

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    Kind of rushing the seasons a bit?
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    Can you get a torch and heat the bolts up where it'll burn some of the rubber to get them out?
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    65stanger big blue fuzzy closet monster Founding Member

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    Not at the rate I've been working.....today was the first real progress I've made since before last THanksgiving!:nonono:
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    Way to go! I remember you telling me this when we twlked. I had that problem, I used a grinder to cut up the springs.
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    Realmongo I prefer to be called "Evil Genius" Founding Member

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    If you put a 6 point socket on the bolts with a long breaker bar do they turn at all?

    You wish Sally had a 7.5" rear, that old gal has the 6-3/4" variety!
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    65stanger big blue fuzzy closet monster Founding Member

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    I (with a little help) managed to back one bolt about halfway out, the other one won't even budge. So the plan is to cut the springs at the eye (after I pick up some more cut-off discs for my angle grinder). Then I can finish stripping the undercarraige, and yup, pull the tranny..............
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    Spiffy.

    I just swapped leafs from old Sadie (they were practically new) to new Sadie (they were really saggy & squeaky). I was really lucky, though. The only bolts that were really bad were the 2 on one of new Sadie's shackles but I still didn't need any WD-40 for them, just lots of leverage.

    -Chelle
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    65stanger big blue fuzzy closet monster Founding Member

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    The bolts aren't that bad, they're just bound up inside the rubber bushings.:shrug:
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    Realmongo I prefer to be called "Evil Genius" Founding Member

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    You might try spraying the half out one with WD40 then running it in a little to work it loose. You might also get lucky with the wd40 on the other side too. I thought you pulled the transmission when you yanked the engine.
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    65stanger big blue fuzzy closet monster Founding Member

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    I've already soaked them with the WD40, still NFG. No biggie, since I'm replacing them anyway, the cutting disc will take the springs off in short order.:nonono:
    And no. I didn't pull the tranny when I pulled the engine (not enough room in the driveway, etc.,) and right after I pulled the engine was when I was diagnosed with my recurrence.
    Now I just need to get a few days off from my job where I can get outside and work on her.:lol:
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    I just had a few days off.... didn't even think about messing with the Cougar.
    I was]/b] gonna get Tink and SVT to help Jessie and I get the ol' girl straightened out in "her" driveway (used to be my parking spot, but I decided to share use of the carport with the Mrs). that way, whichever one of us that wants to use the carport can pull straight in; not enter from an easterly angle of attack to clear the car's left rear quarter.

    I dunno, guess I'll start digging through Summit, etc for an inexpensive set of lifters/pushrods, not going with a full cam kit 'til I'm sure Jessie isn't gonna go hot-dogging the car and wrapping it around a Peterbilt. Then maybe the carb; unless I find a smokin' deal on an intake that helps the old Cleveland breathe down low in the powerband.
    Although I really want to address the front suspension and steering first. Have to talk to Oboe and maybe jikelly; get their ideas on tightening it up first. Probably (definitely) wouldn't hurt to get a better shock-tower brace and some sort of Monte Carlo bar.

    Just gotta start somewhere......
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    65stanger big blue fuzzy closet monster Founding Member

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    I should be outside now, but today is my ONE day off this week, and I have an North Fork EMS meeting this evening, so I'm gonna take a nap instead.
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    65stanger big blue fuzzy closet monster Founding Member

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    WOO HOO~!

    Productive day!

    The only thing left under "sally" is the driver's side leaf spring and bright 'n' early tomorrow it's going under the knife! (ok......angle grinder with cut-off disc!):nice:
    After which comes the metal preparation for welding the patches in on the pass side rear frame and the front spring mounts.:hail2:
    The outer mount hole on the passenger side is egged out, so I'm gonna grind around it and weld a big ole washer in place to repair it, I'm also gonna do the driver's side on principle.:nice:
    Then will come the blasting with sand (I've already got a beach in her interior!) and the 15-ing with POR, followed by installation of my new rear suspension and axle!:eek:
    Now if my new tyres will just come in.............................:shrug:
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    Here's a present for you. A nice flashy ambulance!

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  18. 65stanger

    65stanger big blue fuzzy closet monster Founding Member

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    Thank you!
    It's just like the one I rode in this afternoon bringing the old-guy-who-tried-to-wrap-his-car-around-the-telephone-pole to the hospital!:nice:
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    Great job.. but where are the picture man!
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    65stanger big blue fuzzy closet monster Founding Member

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    The pictures are still in my camera......I'm still having problems with my computer downloading and saving pix.............:p

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