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sigtauenus
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posted 03-31-2002 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got a poly bushing set for my 78 4x4, and got under the truck this morning to start tearing it apart to change the C-bushings. Well, aparently Ford didn't have the foresight to use anti-seize on anything, so I'm thinking I'm going to break a lot of bolts, particularly the 4 on each side that hold the C-bushing in.

Any recommendations on how to proceed? I figure a daily soaking with penetrant for the next month or so will help when I next have some time off to work on it.

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MLariviere
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posted 04-01-2002 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
soak it, and then use some heat. When it starts to move,just go back and forth lightly. Probably whack it a few times on the head. it will take a while,but it will come loose. Do you have air tools?

You will want the truck on stands, with the tire touching the ground and chocked. When the link is broken loose and removed,you don't know what the spring will do. Put a chain through it for safety's sake.

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posted 04-01-2002 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Yomama BinDerdundat:
Are you available Land Rover spare parts in this area?

We are available,but we don't,cause we do Ford better. No?

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sigtauenus
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posted 04-28-2002 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by MLariviere:
soak it, and then use some heat. When it starts to move,just go back and forth lightly. Probably whack it a few times on the head. it will take a while,but it will come loose. Do you have air tools?

You will want the truck on stands, with the tire touching the ground and chocked. When the link is broken loose and removed,you don't know what the spring will do. Put a chain through it for safety's sake.


I have air tools, but to get to the bolts that actually hold the c-bushings I'm gonna have to take everything off around it, including the coil springs, perches, and the lift blocks. Even with the air tools, there's a lot of bolts locked solid. Gonna keep the penetrant going for another month or so, probably end up busting a couple bolts anyhow and replacing them, but it will hopefully make the going easier.

Every time I do something, I make sure to put it back together clean and with anti-seize so next time it'll be easier to do te job. One of the reasons I hang on to my vehicles so long.

I'll have to remember to pick up a torch. I'm assuming just a regular propane torch will work, right? I think anything more powerfull might start damaging the parts.

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MLariviere
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posted 04-29-2002 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You will want some heat,possibly more than regular propane cam offer. Heat the parts,but don't put them cherry red for too long. Stay far away from the brake system too. Most parts can use antisieze,but some need the resistance,like lug nuts for example.

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