But the best rule on filling the fluid is to have your Camaro as close to level as possible, unscrew the fill plug, fill with the correct fluid for your application, and stop filling when the fluid starts draining out of the fill plug hole. In fact, stored parts can take up almost the space of an entire car. Even though both have an 8. Aftermarket reproduction sheet- metal is offered in high and low quality, and you need to determine the level of quality before you buy it. This creates a big mess because parts take up very little space when attached to the car, but take up a surprisingly large amount of space when removed from the car. Do this for all the parts. Lube the threaded puller shaft and tip on the bushing with anti-seize to ease use and protect the tool surfaces.
Test and Housing Numbers The casting test numbers were not on all differentials. Add a little gear oil on them before sliding them in. The rest of the body- work and paint can be performed, and the last pieces can be installed. We strongly suggest replacing both seals since the seal lip typically gets damaged by drawing the axle across having to pull the axle out again in a few weeks of service is a huge pain in the neck or some other part of the human body. Slide them in far enough to install the C-clip over the tip of the axle and pull the axle back out to lock the C-clip in place.
Separately paint all the parts inside and out and then carefully store the removable exterior body panels in protected blankets until a later time when they are installed. The assembly only comes out through the large window. Put a second C-clamp on the center of the two plates or use a large set of Channel-Lock pliers to compress the assembly and remove it from the carrier with a screwdriver. Some reproduction parts suppliers not to be confused with parts manufacturers carry parts of more levels of quality than other suppliers do. Luckily, I had all the pieces.
A complete build-up of a 1973 Ford Mustang may be different than restoring a 1967 Camaro, simply because these cars have different frame constructions. Overwhelmed by the magnitude of the work, many at-home restorers lose interest in a restoration project. Remove the spider gear alignment pin and slide the axles into the housing one at a time. Set a dial indicator on the face of the spider-gear tooth. Remove the helper bolts and drive the spring pack in.
If yours are worn, replace them. Bolt holes in body panels may also not line up and require elongating the holes or drilling new ones. There are different-size carriers for different-size ring gears. Because the 10- and 12-bolt pinion is mounted to the entire housing and the carrier bolts in from the rear, the lash and pinion depth have to be set inside the housing. Take a lot of pictures of small details such as bolt heads, weather strips, sealers, alignment gaps, body shims, suspension alignment shims, steering components, carpet, seats, pedal pads, wiring, number and letter stampings, and casting numbers on body panels, axle housing, engine block, cylinder heads, carburetor, water pump, pulleys, transmission, shifter, radiator, engine compartment decals, window markings, etc. These nuts are for one-time use, so get new ones for reassembly.
Lubricate the carrier bearings with gear oil and install the carrier with its races with bearing cap on the right side, hand tight. Today, most enthusiasts do not rebuild the Positraction unit. Use a bearing installer to safely install them straight and without damaging the bearing surfaces. We carefully rotated the side gear with a screwdriver. This special hooked tool is required to safely remove the stainless window trim.
Simply count the number of bolts holding the cover on the differential. Photo courtesy Mary Pozzi Aftermarket Gear Sets Strange Engineering and Precision Gear make special gear sets for 12-bolt differentials that are thicker—you can put a gear set that is 3. Store them as if they were still good parts. Lubricated with 30W oil, torque the stock bolts to 50 ft-lbs. Subtract the thickness of the pinion gear from the measurement and you have the shim thickness needed to put between the pinion and the inner bearing.
Good suppliers offer the same parts by two different manufacturers to give the restorer the choice of a cheap part and a higher- quality part. Various specific tools are necessary to perform a complete rebuild. You can be per- forming all your parts sourcing, research, cleaning and refinishing parts, etc. For many years, original 12-bolt rear ends were hard to come by, but now there are several aftermarket offerings if factory-original equipment is less of a priority. Skills For good final results, attention to detail and the aptitude to do well are critical. These help align the holes in the carrier with the threads in the gear during installation. Get a set of standard tools before starting your restoration.