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  • how do I get rear main seal out?

    Got the pan off my 64 Hawk to fix oil leak and dropped rear main as per manual. I found the main seal hardened and had a heck of a time getting it out of the [u]cap</u>. I don't see how I can get the upper to come out around the crankshaft if its stuck like the lower half was. I backed off 2 turns on the other main caps as per manual but seal has a death grip on the crank. I haven't hurt the upper seal.
    Should I leave the old upper half of the seal and just use the lower part of the new one. Not my first choice but I'm afraid I'll destroy the upper part of the seal and still not get it out which would mean pulling the crank completely. Help!!

    M.hopinfox/Kennesaw,Ga.
    62 Hawk
    63 Champ
    64 Commander
    64 Hawk
    jealous wife

  • #2
    You just need a "Sneaky Pete"

    http://indoors.pricegrabber.com/mech...ts/m/36213913/

    JDP/Maryland
    JDP Maryland

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    • #3
      I have used a 5/32 welding rod many times. Snug your other caps back up. Clean the flux off the rod. Put it against the end of the seal and hit with hammer. Once it budges,then turn the crank and push the rod. After it goes in a ways you may have to bend the rod a little. Most of the time you don't. Good luck.

      Tex in Alabama
      53 C Coupe

      Tex E. Grier

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      • #4
        Thanks guys! I have a sneaky pete on the way!

        M.hopinfox/Kennesaw,Ga.
        62 Hawk
        63 Champ
        64 Commander
        64 Hawk
        jealous wife

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