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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 15th, 02, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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They've been on there for 35 years. I'm busting down my suspension. Everything is off but them. They're giving me a HELL of a time. Am I gonna have to cut the bolt heads off and try to drill them out? I don't own a torch, does anyone know any tricks to removing these suckers?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 15th, 02, 11:27 AM
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Are you saying that you have the nuts off and the bolts wont come out?
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 15th, 02, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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I have neither!

They absolutely won't budge. I think their rusted in. I may have to cut them off.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 15th, 02, 04:19 PM
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Dont cut em! Soak them with penetrating oil.Go to walmart and buy a propane torch for $10.Heat it up,Put a wrench on one end a 1/2 drive ratchet on the other,find a long peice of pipe to slip over the end of the ratchet handle.Leverage is your friend.I use the handle out of my floor jack for real stubborn bolts.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 15th, 02, 04:53 PM
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Do you have access to an air operated impact wrench. If so try tighten them first, that's right tighten. Try to get some newer cleaner thread showing, apply some penatrating oil and let set over night. Soak em' good and be patient, then use the impact with a six point socket to rap them off. That should work. If not you will need heat.. Good luck.


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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 15th, 02, 05:00 PM
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hey infamous ! the thru bolts are rusted onto the inner sleeve around the bushing. you can use a propane torch to heat up the nut to loosen it, when its still hot spray some pb blaster penetrating oil on the nut, but be careful of flame-up. this is the only penetrating oil that really works that i've used over the last 30 years. after you free the nut up, spray into the bolt area a let soak in (preferably overnite) then replace nut part way. Use a 5-10 pound hammer and hit the nut several times, this usually does it. after the bolt is flush with the frame you will have to use a punch to dfive out the bolt the rest of the way. The whole process takes time, just make sure the springs are either out, or collapased and held collapsed. hope this helps
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