Rear Main Seal

JDutraJDutra Posts: 38
Good afternoon.  My next project is to replace the leaking rear main seal on my 1952 Hornet with the set from Best gasket.  While I know the best practice is to remove the engine, I am not in a position to do so at this time, so I am going to attempt the replacement with the engine still in the car.  I have reviewed various threads on this forum concerning the subject, and feel reasonably confident.  One question that I have concerns removing the rear cap.  The service manual says to use Puller J-2955.  I know that AutoZone rents automotive tools.  Does anyone here know if I can rent a tool that will do the job?  Also, what type of "punch" have folks used to pack the cotton wicking in the vertical holes?


  • Ken U-TxKen U-Tx Posts: 3,593
    You can make your own puller from some steel bar stock some 1/2" fine threaded rod. I use my home made one.
  • Ol racerOl racer Posts: 2,436
    With some luck remove the cap Bolts then wiggle the cap slightly back & forth using the bolts. Try lightly tap the bolt heads and/or pry bar.
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