When I bought my old Soob a couple or three years ago, It ran well in spite of having over 300k miles on ti, but it made a noise in the drivetrain I couldn't isolate and fix. I replaced the front half shafts and wheel bearings, no change, the noise seemed to come from the rear end, but people in the back couldn't decide what it was, either.
The brakes were terrible, so I replaced the front calipers, disks and pads, but most of the problem seemed to be with weak rear drums. Since the noise seemed to be in the rear end, I tried to pull one of the plugs to check for metal in the oil, or chunks instead of oil, but I couldn't get either plug loose even with breaker bar and 1/2 drive pneumatic wrench. I decided to convert the RE to disk brakes, bought the whole setup from a local junkyard. Then I found that I couldn't remove the rear halfshafs, either side, after driving out the pins, pulling, banging, etc, no joy. Went back to the junkyard and bought a "new" 3.90 diff, came home and dropped the driveshaft and removed the entire rear suspension and differential, and even out from under, couldn't get the splines loose.
Put the "new" diff and bolted up, installed the GL10 suspension and half shafts, bled the brakes and went for a ride.
Brakes totally cured, but the noise remained. Now I've replaced the entire drivetrain but for the driveshaft and the engine/trans package. Car came with brand new driveshaft when I bought it,engine been near perfect from the get-go, so noise (follows car speed, not RPM) must be from trannny. Car now has 428 thousand miles on it, noise getting louder as it went along, last weekend the noise changed notes and got louder, I stopped along the road and checked the trans, metal specs in the oil...
Now I need a new tranny, and old Loyales are pretty thin on the ground hereabouts, so I have a question: Is the Legacy 5-spd usable here? I'm hoping I could remove the tailhouseing and center diff, replace with Loyale pushbutton clutch..
Anybody know if this can be done?