A couple of additional questions for you.
To "properly" restore my 12-bolt rear, should I put the brake drums on, mask the wheel mounting studs, then paint it all black?
What about the axle flange itself? Should I remove the brake drum and paint it black all over ( inner & outer surfaces )?
Since you mentioned the pinion yolk, should this be a cast iron ( natural ) color? BTW, was that yoke installed after it was
put in the car? There is a reason for this question. I am currently trying to source the correct THM400 driveshaft for my
69 L/78 Camaro. My research has shown that possibly two different u-joints were used. The standard sized one for all
driveshafts less the THM400, which used a larger u-joint. If this is true, then the pinion yolk would have have to be
different to accomodate this larger u-joint. It would only stand to reason that it was later installed, and then possibly be
natural in color.
Do you remember two different pinion yolks as described above?