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Dropped the rear end today. Not as much fun as I thought it would be. This could well be due to the fact that I was slightly intoxicated. Got some Wild Turkey for X-mas... goes down quite smooth.
Anyways, here is the rear end with AWS components still in place. Going to strip them and trash them... I need the bare subframe to rebuild with poly bushings, 5 lug hubs, 4 bolt LSD, and a Whiteline 24mm rear sway bar. I have most of the parts... need new wheel bearings and new rear shocks for the H&R springs I have. There are several companies that make coilovers but most are junk. Tein quit awhile back and JIC Magic are out of my price range.
Here is the craptastic 3 bolt rear with AWS steering box on top. Got fluid everywhere... it's STILL leaking fluid out of all the lines. This will be going in the bayou.
Going to hit this with degreaser and elbow grease, then tape it up and spray it with undercoating so it should look like new. The calipers will be rebuilt/replaced. Might as well rebuild the driveshaft... not looking forward to that... Might have to holler at the boys at FIST if they are up to it. There is an aluminum DS... but that sh*t is like $800. Wife will say no.
Tools make the job so much easier. I've been collecting tools for years and prefer Snap On, but sometimes Harbor Freight does just as well. I broke that Crapsman 3/8 ratchet while popping the axle bolts... have to get a rebuild kit and then get another Snap On ratchet... that bendy-shafty Snap On ratchet is the first Snap On tool I ever got and it is my favorite. The Snap On dead blow hammer is really nice as are the pliers. The Harbor Freight sledge is good for breaking things.
Had to carry the damn subframe myself... sucks not having any friends. :stare:
Build is still going, just slowly. I finally finished the bushing replacement for the rear. Mustache, upper and lower control arms, and trailing arms all have Whiteline/Noltec/Superpro bushings now. What a pain in the ass that was... I hope to never have to do a job that was that hard ever again... jeez.
Next up are the rear wheel bearings and new rear calipers so I can get the car back on the ground.