Entry 40 – Rear Axle, Panhard Rod, Torque Arm, Hydraulic Damper, Handbrake Compensator, Brake Hose

Brake Hose and 3 Way Adaptor

Having successfully removed the rear axle hubs, it was time to remove the rear axle complete. My first step of the day was to remove the flexible brake hose from pipe to 3-way adaptor on the axle. This involved removing the hose from the mounting bracket on the bottom of the body structure and disconnecting it from the 3-way adaptor.

Flexible Hose from Pipe to 3 way Adaptor

Flexible Hose from Pipe to 3 way Adaptor

Flexible Hose at Mount

Flexible Hose at Mount

Flexible Hose from Pipe

Flexible Hose from Pipe

Flexible Hose from Pipe

Flexible Hose from Pipe

I then removed the split pin and the clevis pin from the fork end at the rear of primary handbrake cable to release the cable from the handbrake compensator assembly. I then loosened the two 1/2” hex head bolts securing the compensator assembly to the differential casing. I could then lift away the compensator assembly.

Fork End at Handbrake Cable

Fork End at Handbrake Cable

Handbrake Compensator

Handbrake Compensator

Rear Dampers

I then removed the nuts on the upper and lower ends of the rear shock dampers. The upper end is accessed inside the boot. I left the dampers and coils hanging loose figuring they would fall out when the axle was lowered.

Rear Damper and Coil

Rear Damper and Coil

Rear Damper Lower Mount

Rear Damper Lower Mount

Rear Damper Upper Mount

Rear Damper Upper Mount

Rear Damper Removed

Rear Damper Removed

Torque Arms

I then disconnected the LH and RH torque arms from the axle by loosening the hex head bolt and nylock nut and drifting out the bolt.

RH Rear Torque Arm Assembly

RH Rear Torque Arm Assembly

RH Rear Torque Arm

RH Rear Torque Arm

Panhard Rod Assembly

Next was the removal of the panhard rod assembly. This required removing two nylock nuts from the upper and lower mounting points. The upper mount is part of the body while the lower mount is located on the rear axle. As with the dampers, I just let the panhard rod hang loose and removed it after the rear axle was lowered.

Panhard Rod Assembly Body Mount

Panhard Rod Assembly Body Mount

Panhard Rod Axle Mount

Panhard Rod Axle Mount

Panhard Rod Adjustment

Panhard Rod Adjustment

Panhard Rod Assembly

Panhard Rod Assembly

The final step in removing the rear axle from the car was removing the bolts and nylock nuts that secured the axle to the leaf spring eyes. I first put my rolling floor jack under the differential and two jack stands under the axle tube. Following the removal of the bolts by drifting them out, I lowered the axle onto jack stands and removed it from under the car!

Rear Axle Spring Mount

Rear Axle Spring Mount

Rear Axle Spring Mount

Rear Axle Spring Mount

Rear Axle Removed

Rear Axle Removed

Rear Axle removed

Rear Axle Removed

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