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Old 12-20-2011, 04:33 PM   #1
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I'm trying to develop the most time efficient techniques to remove the c5 drivetrain. Efficient for both clutch jobs, as well as engine swaps. I recall seeing a member here stating he'd gotten the drivetrain removal down to a science.

What I want to develop are jigs to remove this drivetrain, with the assist of a lift, in order to make it the most time efficient and least painful process possible.

Anyone who can contribute pics or info on what they feel are the most efficient methods to swap the motor or do a clutch job...please chime in. Any jigs used for the cradles, please post! The forum is a means for vendors to draw a lot of business...so vendors please lend a little know how for the sake of the community that supports.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:41 PM   #2
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Patches did a nice job using a tranny jack with his 4 post lift...do a search.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:26 PM   #3
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I've done tons of searches...I've seen the motorcycle/tranny jack approach. I'm looking for answers from those who feel they've got it down to a simple efficient science. I saw a pretty nice torque tube/transmission jig someone built...i just can't find it again. I know people are out there with methods so I'd like to get it in one common thread plus maybe see some new ideas for people with lifts versus shade tree stuff.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:42 PM   #5
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I never thought that part was so bad. It was the little things that were time consuming like taking off all the connectors around the trans and TT(especially if you have a trans/diff brace), seperating ball joints etc. Of course there's my favorite part, reinstalling the yoke into the rear bearing.
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:40 AM   #6
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Nice........
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:17 AM   #7
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...for people with lifts versus shade tree stuff.
That reminds me, I need to go fertilize my "shade tree". I don't know what I would do without it.
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:14 AM   #9
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Wake up Lucky... you're drooling on the keyboard.
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Wake up Lucky... you're drooling on the keyboard.
Yep....how did we work on our cars before the internet?
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I saw a pretty nice torque tube/transmission jig someone built...i just can't find it again.
I can't remember which thread that was in eitehr.

If you had something like that that was able to support the front and rear, then it would be pretty easy to drop. Just remove the exhaust, brake calipers, and tunnel plate. Pull the calipers off and attach them to the body, disconnect the fuel lines, and unbolt the tops of the a-arms. I think once you've done that then you can just unplug the electrics and vacuum lines, then drop the front and rear subframes with the drivetrain attached.
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I can't remember which thread that was in eitehr.

If you had something like that that was able to support the front and rear, then it would be pretty easy to drop. Just remove the exhaust, brake calipers, and tunnel plate. Pull the calipers off and attach them to the body, disconnect the fuel lines, and unbolt the tops of the a-arms. I think once you've done that then you can just unplug the electrics and vacuum lines, then drop the front and rear subframes with the drivetrain attached.
It was this thread: http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c5-t...h-changes.html

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Ahhh...my driveline rig!

It collects more dust than anything these days, but it does make the job a breeze the four times I actually used it.

The best thing about this thing is that the angle of the tt can be exactly adjusted so it just slides into the clutch like it had eyes of it own.

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Old 12-22-2011, 07:07 PM   #14
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That's pretty sweet!
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:01 PM   #15
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Ahhh...my driveline rig!

It collects more dust than anything these days, but it does make the job a breeze the four times I actually used it.

The best thing about this thing is that the angle of the tt can be exactly adjusted so it just slides into the clutch like it had eyes of it own.

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This is F'n great! Looks like one of the dolly's the Air force uses to load ordinance on an F-15
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This is F'n great! Looks like one of the dolly's the Air force uses to load ordinance on an F-15
whoa!! gotta love the Jammers(USAF term for bomb loader)

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OP'er, I need to make a jig this year, but for now drop the entire drivetrain on jackstands, lower the lift down to about 2 feet

Wheel to Wheel in MI had a pretty cool jig(they are gone)

Andy at A&A also has a cradle for engine swaps they made in-house
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:23 PM   #17
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I have a good setup. no pics . I created it to change my clutch. I have a 2 post lift with scissor arms. I used tall tranny jacks with wheels, one in the rear and a second in the front. once I dropped the rear i was able to role it backwards as one unit. I like this set up because I can have the lift all the way up to walk under. Did my clutch in 6 hours

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