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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old May 27th, 02, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Hello and help please,

What started out to be a simple (?) swap from P/G to a Muncie-20 on my 69 SS clone has ballooned into a major, at least for me, project. I was just going to pull just the motor and trans and make the swap. Instead I started looking at all the other things that needed done (like repair rust damage & replace sub-frame mounts, replace heater fan, rad supports etc.-etc.). Now Iíve got everything off the front of the car and was wondering what is the easiest and cleanest way to roll out the front subframe. Iíve got to take it on a small flat bed trailer to work and weld on patch plates at the sub frame holes. In particular where and how should I separate the steering column and the brake lines/master cylinder to allow the sub frame to roll out. (I emphasize the lack of mess. When pulling the motor/trans, I was doing real well until it came time to remove the trans. I figured I had drained the all the fluid from the P/G so I just pulled the trans off the back of the engine and left the converter attached. Well needless to say I had a river of ATF running all over the garages floor.) Did I say that Iíve never done this kind of thing before?? Pretty obvious isnít it!!

Iíll continue to stumble on with this never-ending adventure. Any suggestions that you care to offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old May 27th, 02, 01:10 PM
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It sounds like you are so far along that you might as well strip the subrame all the way down and restore everything from the firewall forward. Undo the steering column at the rag joint. Undo the hard brake lines at the junction block under the master cylinder.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old May 27th, 02, 05:43 PM
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don't forget the parking brake- it should be removed from the pedal inside tha car and pulled down thru the floor and unhooked under the car. it goes thru the inside of the subframe, so just leave it in there.
also, look out for any ground wires that go from frame to body, and the fuel line needs to come off the frame.
unhook those few things, and it should (perhaps?) drop right out.

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I would leave the parking brake cable hooked to the pedal and disconnect it at the other end. There is a clip that holds it in the subframe that is alot easier to get off than trying to get it compressed enough to get out of the firewall.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old May 28th, 02, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your suggestions and help!

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