I am trying to remove the differential cover from my 1969. I have removed
all the bolts from the outer edge of the cover, and it seems almost
impossible to access the two in the top of the rear crossmember. I have
remove the two from the ends of the crossmember. Should the crossmember
come down at this point, or am I missing something? Is it possible the
crossmember needs a little coaxing, after being held in place for all these
year? I have refered to both the assembly manual and the service manual,
niether is of much help.
Any of this make sense?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
1969 CamAm conversion
Though you don't mention it, I assume you've removed the rear spring.
Unless you're willing to cut big holes in the floor to reach those bolts
from inside the car (not recommended), the rear crossmember has to come
out. It is held in by one bolt at each end of the crossmember that goes
up through a large round rubber bushing that fits in a sombrero-shaped
stamping on the frame. The bushing tends to get "welded" into position
over time, so it may take quite a bit of persuading. Leave the outer
cover bolts in place hand-tight. Find a long crowbar and pry between the
crossmember and the frame (strategically-placed pieces of wood might
minimize cross member damage). Put something close beneath the
differential to catch it so it doesn't crash to the concrete.
Two tricks that will help you that Wayne didn't mention.
Either place a floor jack under the differential to catch it (he implied
this, but the 2-1/2 ton jacks usually catch better than jack stands, blocks,
etc. but it must be about 2 inches below so that you can get the crossmember
Remove the two bolts from the end of the crossmember and replace with ones
about 4 inches long. Leave about 2 inches between the crossmember and the
head of the bolt to catch it.
And when he said crowbar, he didn't mean one of those puny foot long nail
pullers, he means a real one. The longer the better. Three foot is a start,
and if you can get one 6 foot, use it.
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