Hello and thanks for all the great info on this community. Much appreciated! I'm in the rust belt and I'm in the process of restoring (no exaggeration) a vibe we pulled out of northern New Hampshire for short money. My wife drove it for several months before we noticed the rear subframe had shifted...haha. Damn thing just rotted away, literally!
In any case, we've been going slow on the replacement and repair....kind of doing too good of a job, but pandemic means the wife isn't driving much and has allowed us to work on it together. She's much smarter then me, so it's been fun!!
At this point, we are ready to drop the stock fuel tank and replace it with one that doesn't have a gaping hole in the top of the tank where the road salt sat and drilled through the container. haha, we were wondering where the fuel odor/vapors were coming from and assumed it was the filler neck, NOPE!
I might be using incorrect nomenclature (Feel free to correct me) , but i am trying to remove what I call the "rear drive shaft". In other words, the section of shaft aft of the "carrier bearing bracket". I've removed the 6mm inset hex bolts from the "rear drive shaft" thinking she'd popped right off, but she's hanging tough no matter what I do. To be clear, this is the section of drive shaft that is saddled by the fuel tank. Yeah, it was fun getting those 6 mm bolts off....everything is a battle in the perpetual war on rust!!! HOLY HELL!!!
I'm wondering if the entire drive shaft has to drop from the transmission/gear box? If so, what do I need to be cautious off? Also, what I'm I looking to repair/replace/service in the drive train once I drop the shaft? Carrier? U-joints? hard to access fluid in torque converter(s)? I really have know idea what I'm talking about...
Thank in advance!