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3/26/17 10:46pm - Original Message: '1969 Rear Differential Removed For Rebuild'
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   Hello,

   I decided after having the trailing arms already removed from the car to remove the crossmember and differential removed also.  I decided to have new doughnuts installed and the differential rebuilt by Bair's in Linesville, Pa as well as the trailing arms and halfshafts.

   As stated in another post, I needed the Harbor Freight 4 Ton Hydraulic Ram to pry apart the crossmember from its perch.  All other methods proved useless.  I highly recommend this tool for this purpose. 

   With Regards,
   Mike C




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3/26/17 10:57pm - Reply: 'Re: 1969 Rear Differential Removed For Rebuild'
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Squirrels had used the crossmember to store corn and nuts and all the stuff fell out when crossmember was separated from the differential!!




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3/26/17 11:01pm - Reply: 'Re: 1969 Rear Differential Removed For Rebuild'
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3/27/17 1:20pm - Reply: 'Re: 1969 Rear Differential Removed For Rebuild'
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Good job Mike, now is the time to do it with the trailing arms out and you're certainly making it look easy !! While your cleaning up the differential case, look for casting dates on the case halves to validate your diff. One is on the drivers side just behind the input shaft. The other is on the cover, very close to the full/drain plug. Let us know what you find,

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3/27/17 10:21pm - Reply: 'Re: 1969 Rear Differential Removed For Rebuild'
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Ole Biker said:





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3/29/17 12:35pm - Reply: 'Re: 1969 Rear Differential Removed For Rebuild'
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Vman73 said: Good job Mike, now is the time to do it with the trailing arms out and you're certainly making it look easy !! While your cleaning up the differential case, look for casting dates on the case halves to validate your diff. One is on the drivers side just behind the input shaft. The other is on the cover, very close to the full/drain plug. Let us know what you find,


Hello!

Prior to taking the differential to Bair's I was able to garner the stamping at the bottom of the case. I did not look at the casting numbers before dropping off at the shop. At the disassembly at Bair's the Tech was able to confirm the ring and pinion numbers matched the build date of my car.  More comforting news on my part.

 


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3/29/17 12:52pm - Reply: 'Re: 1969 Rear Differential Removed For Rebuild'
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Adams' Apple said:
Ole Biker said:





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Diff # info






Great pictures on that link!  Valuable information to all.

The stamped code on the bottom of the differential case matched the ratio of the ring and pinion inside the case. 3:55 ratio. Dates on ring and pinion match the case dates.

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5/21/17 7:48pm - Reply: 'Re: 1969 Rear Differential Removed For Rebuild'
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A picture of the finished rebuild of the rear suspension.



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5/21/17 8:02pm - Reply: 'Re: 1969 Rear Differential Removed For Rebuild'
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Vman73 said: Good job Mike, now is the time to do it with the trailing arms out and you're certainly making it look easy !! While your cleaning up the differential case, look for casting dates on the case halves to validate your diff. One is on the drivers side just behind the input shaft. The other is on the cover, very close to the full/drain plug. Let us know what you find,





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5/22/17 2:18pm - Reply: 'Re: 1969 Rear Differential Removed For Rebuild'
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6/1/17 2:12pm - Reply: 'Re: 1969 Rear Differential Removed For Rebuild'
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Hey Mike, I don't have a quick reference to the diff casting number you posted above, I'll do some digging. The casting date B249 does decode to Feb. 24th 1969 which is perfect for your March '69 car if I'm remembering your build date correctly. Though it might be too late since you have the diff installed, there is another casting date for the diff rear cover. It's located in the vertical position just above and forward of the fill plug. Your cover is probably original, but many got replaced because the ears that the spring bolt to like to break off. A lot of covers also got replaced with a stronger aftermarket casting with a larger flange that prevented the problem. Looks great !!

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Vman73 said: Hey Mike, I don't have a quick reference to the diff casting number you posted above, I'll do some digging. The casting date B249 does decode to Feb. 24th 1969 which is perfect for your March '69 car if I'm remembering your build date correctly. Though it might be too late since you have the diff installed, there is another casting date for the diff rear cover. It's located in the vertical position just above and forward of the fill plug. Your cover is probably original, but many got replaced because the ears that the spring bolt to like to break off. A lot of covers also got replaced with a stronger aftermarket casting with a larger flange that prevented the problem. Looks great !!


Thanks!

The car has a July build month I believe.


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