Your vivd descriptions are truly a hidden treasure of this forum.I went to the woods.
We took the wife's GMC canyon over an unnamed pass thats about 50 miles of single lane and dirt road today.
At the top we got into the snow. The truck was going great until the front driveshaft PUKED its guts. Why the fuck GM decided to put cherokee parts on this driveline I will never understand.
So we hooked it up to pull it about 40 feet to dry ground to asses the situ.
Hook fell off when pulled, and caught the tranny line on its way out and RIPPED the line right out of the radiator.
My wife was already upset that I broke her PUSSY ASS truck in 8 inches of snow and now its shooting/bleeding tranny fluid 8 feet straight out front like it just got it its neck sliced in a prison brawl.
She looked at me like I murdered it!!! Ya know, 30 miles up the hills from a one tavern town in the middle of nowhere!
Good luck hope you do!been working on a john deer 4310 tractor, got it broke in half to check the forward and reverse clutch drums. they looked new..so back together to diag the real problem...lol my kid has com along ways on the 73 k5 proect, it runs and drives now, we picked up 2 85 k5s and 1 donated the seats and a few other items...work is still slow, they laid off 7 guys this week..i will find out monday if have a job or not..