Convertible cylinder leaking?
I have a 69 convertible and I have noticed oil under the rear of the car. I don't necessarily see it on the body pan, but the mufflers have oil on them as do the exhaust pipes just rear of the mufflers as they go over the rear axle. I first thought this was a bad pinion seal, but a) the 3rd member is not losing oil, b) the pinion seal appears dry, no weeping and c) this oil looks tan or clear like brake fluid or what you would find in a hydraulic jack. Once in a while I will see some on the ground (a few drops) but not always.
I have yet to crawl into the trunk or remove any interior panels, but could this be fluid from the hydraulic top cylinder or struts? It seems odd that this much would have exited the power top mechanism and the top still work, but it also seems like if there was a leak, it would pool in the trunk or under the seat.
Has anyone experienced this? I assume I will need to crawl in there and look for wet connections. Is a short term fix to check the fluid in the cylinder and then trace it down? I assume once the fluid was completely out, the top would just stop functioning whereever it was a don't want to play russian roulette.
Torque (tork), n: 1. The tendency of a force to rotate the body to which it is applied. 2. See also: GTO