Make a new cross member...That cross member sucks for removal and also for anything to do with the trans pan...
Yeah, I agree. I was planning on cutting 2 up and overlaying one over the other on the edges of the "flat" section. Never got around to it though.
FYI, with the man trans, the TC adapter needs to stay with TC when you remove it, then you can move trans back far enough to get it off bellhousing. After that you have 2 nice handles on either end to pull it up through floor, just make sure rear shaft/bearing does not pull out the back of case. Won't come all the way out, but it will pull somewhat out. I used to take a small piece of steel, drill a hole in it and put one bolt back in with the plate to cover edge of output bearing.
Another idea I did for trans removal cutting hole in side of tunnel to get to TC shift lever bolt. Made a plate to cover it back up.
On my wheelin rig, I even drilled holes in the floor to get to the upper frame mounted bolts. Could
put rubber plugs in them when done (not that I did, didn't care much about the holes in an offroad,
rig, just through a car mat over them).
All that stuff seems like some work, but boy is it nice the "next" time you have to pull the trans.
(or even the first time really, just a little tough to drill the holes blind)
79 XLT, 400/C6/mog 404's/42 IROKS, 8.5" lift.
79 XLT, 400/C6/D60-D44 8 lug, 2" lift, 35 BFG AT
74 Bronc build, 408/C6/Black Box/205/406 mogs/43 SX stickies