The body mounts really made a difference. It feels less of a "bucket of loose bolts", and more solid.
I have been driving around, going for small errands, enjoying the car, before the next change, see below. It's a 3.73, limited slip 7.5". A bit overkill with the cover, but once all assembled and painted black, will look and feel ok.
Can't wait to see the difference with a 3.73 / 200-4R.
Got beautiful Speedway Seville-style calipers, etc.
Before I start welding the caliper brackets on the diff, I checked for clearance between my Pontiac 15" wheels and the calipers, and it will require a spacer. I already use a spacer for the looks, now it will be a functional thing.
Also, note to self: check clearance for the lifesaver spare tire. I have bad memories about that...!
Slowly removing the old diff. It's been years, but I did remember things such as - 3/4 socket for the lower shock bolt; 1/2 socket & key for the upper shock mounts; and 9/16 socket & key for the sway bar.
Next up - removing the parking brake cables, then the brake line, driveshaft, finally the lower & upper control arms.
GBodyForum is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.