Trans Cross-member Removal - Help!

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  1. StrongSurvivor

    StrongSurvivor Member

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    Hi Everybody,

    So last night I pull the bolts out of the cross member, I've got the trans up on a trans jack and I can move the cross member side to side enough to clear the driver side sub-frame, but then I'm unable to swing it rearward in order to get it out. The cross member is hung up on the floor pan on the passenger side and so will not swing rearward. I don't think swinging it forward is an option because of the transmission pan. FYI, I think the cross member is original to the car and the trans is a TH400.

    Can I finesse this thing out, or will I have to remove a sub-frame bushing?
     
  2. John Wright

    John Wright Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Tap one side ahead, and the other side backwards....it's tight but should come out without taking anything loose.
     
  3. CorkyE

    CorkyE Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Are your body bushing the original rubber - maybe crushed?
     
  4. John Wright

    John Wright Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I thought about that or maybe the floor is sagging
     
  5. StrongSurvivor

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    Hey Corky, Yeah, the bushings are looking rough. I plan to replace them, just not right now. Maybe I'll reschedule that task and do it sooner! So you think if I loosen the back sub-frame bolts, it will come out? I can do that...
    Thanks to all for your comments.
     
  6. 74BIBELOT

    74BIBELOT Veteran Member

    Aside the bushing problem, John W is right , you need to move (slide)it one end fwd.and the other rwd.
    Good luck!
     
  7. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Lifting the body a little bit with a jack (and a piece of 2x4) will probably help if the bushings are old and scrunched.
     
  8. StrongSurvivor

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    Thanks to all for sharing your learning curve. It sounds like I won't have to blast after all! ;)
     

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