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Can anyone confirm p/n of 1969 GTO coupe manual transmission crossmember? I believe it to be 9796239 (that's the p/n of the hacked up xmember in our Frankenstein monster), but I've gotten indications that may not be correct. While originality is not a huge issue with us, I figure why not put an original part in, all other things being equal? Especially when it comes to a piece of steel.
I've tried to determine the correct p/n from the Assembly Manual, but our crappy copy is difficult to read. I think it says...
9796239-MEMBER (UNBOXED FRAME) (EXC. 4 DR H.T.) D/M40
9796240-MEMBER (UNBOXED FRAME) (EXC. 4 DR H.T.) E/M40
9796242-MEMBER (BOXED FRAME) D/M40
9796243-MEMBER (BOXED FRAME) E/M40
9796241-MEMBER (UNBOXED FRAME) (4 DR H.T.) U/M40
9797799-MEMBER (UNBOXED FRAME) (4 DR H.T.) ?/M40
I believe M40 is auto trans, but I haven't figured out what the "D" and the "E" and the "U" mean, if they are even correct.
A GTO is not a "4 DR H.T. (assuming that means 4 door hard top), and I'm pretty sure the "BOXED FRAME" refers to convertibles. This leads me to 9796239 or 9296240. With auto trans should have a slot for E-brake cable, if I'm not mistaken.
FYI, this is from section 6-29, assy 9798065 item 21, if anyone has a more legible copy. And of course, what's in an original car is really all that matters.
I also believe this crossmember may be used across the GM line, but I'm not certain.
A confirmation would be awesome, as I'm ready to pull the trigger on getting the 9796239, but again, I'd like to know it's correct before doing so. And yes, I've done many searches. I found a post on the PY forum that pointed to 9796239 being correct, but again, not certain. But I guess when we're dealing with these 40-something year old vehicles, not everything is certain.