I don't know if I'll ever get a full summer out of this car anymore. Ziggy just turned 12 on June 7th but the week before on Memorial Day she took the opportunity during a drive out to Lake Michigan to blow the rear end out on the way back. I had the wife with me so she got to see how you do it.
I had pulled out onto a main road with no one around and just nailed it (no clutch dump) in 2nd gear. The wheels just spun as we wiggled down the road and I hit third and continued the spin.
I backed off at about 70 mph and almost immediately smelled rear end fluid even though we were cruising that fast. That was followed by some awful noises from the rear. We made it a short distance down the road before it quit altogether. Tow trucks on a holiday are expensive.
I got it off of the flatbed and he was able to get it almost all the way into the garage and we pushed it in the rest of the way. The driver's stub was out about a 1/2" with grease all over the underside.
Getting those top 4 bolts that hold the diff to the subframe was a major pain. I think I may have used Lock-Tite when I put that pumpkin on years ago because they would not budge. I finally made a "breaker wrench" out of a pry bar hooked on my combo-wrench and the bolts begrudgingly came out 1/8th turn at a time.
After draining out shiny silver fluid I got the Harrop cover off and inspected the damage. I had sheared all the bolts off that hold the posi to the ring gear and there was gobs of ground metal inside.
Looks like I'm going to send it out for a major rebuild with new 3.73 gears and a Wavetrac posi. The last problem I have is I can't get the driver's stub out. I'll be "renting" a wheel bearing puller to see if I can slide hammer it out. Another summer with at least 6 weeks on jack stands and another $3,000 into the money pit. Take note kids that use it for a daily and don't have a bank account. This car is not for the weak of heart, having to pay someone to do your work or needing to be easy on your wallet.