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hi,

does anyone know the procedure to remove the drive shaft on a 67 Chevelle with a 350?

also, it looks like the tranny bellhousing won't clear the exhaust manifold downpipes - can it be spun sideways once it drops?
 

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Removing the drive shaft is straight forward. Since you are pulling the transmission (TH 350?), drain all of the transmission fluid out. Unbolt the shackles on the u-joint on the rear axle and slide the drive shaft forward until it clears the rear axle yoke. If it's stuck, use a screw driver to pop it loose. Put a pan under the transmission tail before pulling the drive shaft out the transmission. Fluid will drain out of the tail even after draining the transmission. Having a plug handy would help.

On pulling the transmission, if the exhaust pipes are in the way, you need to move them out of the way. You will need to use a jack to hold the transmission while you are dislodging it. There's no way to spin it. Unless you are super strong, an automatic transmission is too heavy to handle with your bare hands. The tough part is getting the torque converter to come off of the flex plate and crank shaft end. If it's been on there a while, it is likely stuck. You have to do that as a part of pulling the transmission. There is not enough room to back the input shaft out of torque converter.

Here's another hint. Keep a bucket of kitty litter handy to absorb the tranny fluid that will go all over the place. The torque converter is full of tranny fluid and cannot be drained.
 

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jusd did the 71, I had to unbolt just the Left hedder adn the tranny came down with just a little convincing. it helps if there are two people but if not position yourself at the tail of the trans looking toward the front and the jack to the side. If you are like me, and putting in a new trans just let it drop on something soft so it doesnt get damaged, a pile of cardboard should suffice or a shop blanket. just dont get under it when it is all unbolted it is about 160lbs and will break bones if it comes down on you.
 
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