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Inside Your Eagle / Interior Colors and Patterns by Year
« Last post by 89 MJ on January 17, 2024, 08:52:01 PM »
Has anybody found a source saying what colors were available in certain years? Same question, but now with fabric patterns? Thanks
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Transmission Shop / Re: Auto Transmission bolt mystery
« Last post by AMC of Houston on January 15, 2024, 09:19:27 PM »
BBWWWAAAAAhhhaaahahahahahahahahaaa.  Making life unnecessarily difficult on myself is what I do best!!   One of the 2 reasons I bought the Aston Martin - the other reason being that its the prettiest car I ever saw in my life!
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Transmission Shop / Re: Auto Transmission bolt mystery
« Last post by djm3452004 on January 15, 2024, 07:33:32 PM »
I don't know why people on here give others so much grief about it, but I just used a 1" hole saw and cut 2 holes in the trans tunnel in the locations that corresponded with a straight socket/short extension "path" to the outer 2 of the upper 3 trans bolts.  Locating those holes needs to be done carefully if you go for that method.  You don't want to Swiss-cheese your tunnel/firewall. 

The end-result of the above is that all 3 of the top mount bolts can be accessed easily from inside the car with a socket and 6" extension.

After cleaning the holes up, closed them up with 1.25" rubber grommets (Dorman CTI 90306) and moved on with life.  I'm too old and too anal about achieving correct torque values on critical mountings than to spend my time contorting and using 3 feet of extensions to tighten those bolts.  In my case, I've had the engine/auto trans removed multiple times before finally going with a 5-speed, so it paid to make things easier.

But beware, if you do what I described and say so, there are many on this site that will consider you a failure for doing so.  It's apparently a rite of passage in the Eagle world to make life unnecessarily difficult on yourself.  ;D


David



I actually managed to use a torque wrench on those - once - not worth the trouble to do it again.   I used a 1/2 drive super-long extension, a short impact wiggle socket, with another impact wiggle under that socket.    Would almost make 90 degrees of bend!
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Transmission Shop / Re: Auto Transmission bolt mystery
« Last post by AMC of Houston on January 15, 2024, 03:03:57 PM »
I actually managed to use a torque wrench on those - once - not worth the trouble to do it again.   I used a 1/2 drive super-long extension, a short impact wiggle socket, with another impact wiggle under that socket.    Would almost make 90 degrees of bend!
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Transmission Shop / Re: Auto Transmission bolt mystery
« Last post by MIPS on January 15, 2024, 12:58:27 PM »
Sorry for the hijack but how exactly do you torque the upper bolts during the reinstall? A torque wrench is almost useless on a U-joint and three feet of extensions.
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Exhaust System. / Re: Exhaust Hitting Front Driveshaft
« Last post by MIPS on January 15, 2024, 12:57:14 PM »
I can give it a try once my jack thaws out. The last weekend was hitting -30c and it was absolutely brutal on anything I left outside (eagle started fine though.  :P)
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Transmission Shop / Re: Auto Transmission bolt mystery
« Last post by vangremlin on January 15, 2024, 11:26:56 AM »
You might be able to reach those top bolts from the top, but more likely you will need some extensions and a swivel joint and come in from the back.  Good luck!
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Transmission Shop / Re: Auto Transmission bolt mystery
« Last post by jdeck5504 on January 14, 2024, 03:45:21 PM »
Thanks, i now have each bolt in their spot and now im stuck trying to figure out the transmission mount layout as well as the best way to tighten down two if the top bolts towards the driver side
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Exhaust System. / Re: Exhaust Hitting Front Driveshaft
« Last post by djm3452004 on January 12, 2024, 07:53:53 PM »
Though they're a pain to get to, it may not be a bad idea to put a wrench on the (2) vertical 7/16-14 bolts with 5/8" hex heads that secure the front differential housing to the engine-mounted bracket, and then check the bracket-to-engine 3/8-16 bolts as well.  Just to make 100% sure that the front axle/differential isn't walking around at all.  If you're looking for something loose with the car sitting on its front suspension, a loose part may be partially loaded and not entirely obvious that it's loose.

Don't know, just thinking out loud...

David



Nope.  Seems to be no data in the manuals as to exactly where an engine should be sitting if everything is fine.   Might have to blame the problem on Gremlins!
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Exhaust System. / Re: Exhaust Hitting Front Driveshaft
« Last post by AMC of Houston on January 12, 2024, 02:37:56 PM »
Nope.  Seems to be no data in the manuals as to exactly where an engine should be sitting if everything is fine.   Might have to blame the problem on Gremlins!
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