Removing Belly Pan
I have a 66 Safari that I want to change the tanks on and put in some new plumbing. I have made a cut in front of the axle from wheelwell to wheel well.The old black tank is out and most of the pan is loose, but I can't get it to release from under the axle.This Safari has had a replacement Dura-torque axle installed by the PO. The skin goes under the mounting flange of the new axle and is pinched in there ( I presume ), so I can't slip it out. I don't want to loosen up the axle bolts if I don't have to, because they seem to be very torqued on.Does anyone have a trick to get around this? I have a Power shear, but I can see there are all the loose wires running down along the side that I don't want to damage.Should I just cut around the mounting plate for the axle, leaving a wide flange of aluminum to reattach to?then I would make they notch for the axle mount larger to accommodate this.
The banana wraps are layered over the belly pan, so I can replace the belly pan with a seam running down the middle, if I want to duplicate what is there.
Any tips or threads or replies are appreciated.