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Author Topic: Removing the @#$%$@ crossmember to drop trans  (Read 2204 times)

stonehengeWI

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Removing the @#$%$@ crossmember to drop trans
« on: September 18, 2015, 11:26:36 PM »
I'm about ten hours into this and the transmission on my 97 is still sitting nice and pretty on the transmission jack. Please see the pic: http://i58.tinypic.com/2gxqwdh.jpg and if you can figure out how I get that bolted-on crossmember out, I'd be grateful. It can't go up, forward or back on the RH side because one of the catalytic converters has it hemmed in (dual exhaust is welded from end to end). It can't go forward on the LH side because the brackets from the fuel line and the solid fuel line is in the way. It can go back, but only about 5 inches, before it gets hung up on the RH side by the cat converter.

The only options I can see at this point are: 1) cut the crossmember out (which then begs the question how do I get a new one in) or 2) hack up and remove the exhaust system, and then have to weld it back together once I get the trans back in.

The GM service manual simply says "remove crossmember," so I'm thinking it shouldn't be this hard.

So I'm hoping someone has a tip for me.

(P.S. You'll notice the pkg brake drum still attached - 5 unsuccessful hours trying to remove the nut holding it on told me I should work on removing it AFTER the trans is dropped.)

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Re: Removing the @#$%$@ crossmember to drop trans
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2015, 08:27:35 PM »
You might need to unbolt the rubber mount from the transmission..then slide the cross-member out at an angle with the rubber mount still attached?

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Re: Removing the @#$%$@ crossmember to drop trans
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2015, 03:35:52 AM »
Is the exhaust still OEM?

It is tight, but I can allways get the crossmembers out with a little bit of scooting and cocking it at an angle.

I think I would much rather cut an exhaust system than the crossmember.

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Re: Removing the @#$%$@ crossmember to drop trans
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2015, 08:16:17 AM »
The transmission mount has those (2) bolts that dropdown through the crossmember preventing the crossmember from sliding. 

I would think removing the (2) bolts that hold the rubber mount to the transmission would then allow the crossmember with mount still attached to slide?

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Re: Removing the @#$%$@ crossmember to drop trans
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2015, 02:17:23 AM »
agreed with Ed, I allways take the trans mount off when pulling the crossmember.

 


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