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Old 09-30-2017, 03:35 PM   #1
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Gentlemen: I am restoring an original rear end differential, and have run into a problem. The sleeves (bushings) for the spring shackles are very much stuck in place, and evidently someone tried to remove one in the past, as it is partially out toward the front. QUESTION - Did KW or anyone make a removal tool for this problem?? I can certainly come up with a few clever pieces of pipe/tubing -or- have some appropriately sized steel sleeves fabricated. Any thoughts??
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Old 09-30-2017, 05:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: Kw tool for rear shackle bushing removal??

Round off the head of a bolt on a bench grinder just smaller than the outside diameter of the bushing. Put the bolt through the hole and drive head in until flush with the perch eye moving the bushing out. Turn the bolt around and finish driving it out. Use at least a grade 5 bolt. Never had to heat one yet.
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Old 09-30-2017, 06:26 PM   #3
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Do you have access to a lathe? If so, make a removal tool yourself. I don't recall what the large ( O.D.) dimension is, but the bushing I.D. is 14.5 MM (Yes, that's one of the few metric dimensions on a Model A) IIRC it's around .568, But my memory isn't so great any more, so check it out. Good luck!
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Old 09-30-2017, 07:37 PM   #4
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Default Re: Kw tool for rear shackle bushing removal??

use a bushing driver. the spring needs a solid backing. if you have a narrow hack saw, cut the bushing in half and punch it out in pieces.
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All of the above.
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Old 10-02-2017, 11:29 AM   #6
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People - Thank You for the replies. This morning I called and talked with a full time restorer and engine builder from the Model T up to & including flathead V8s. His suggestion was to put a hacksaw through the bushing (does fit!!!) and cut the bushing in half. This should make their removal much easier. Will let you know. ADDENDUM - There is a tool for the '32 thru '48 rear end bushings if that is any help to anyone. Take Care.
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Old 10-02-2017, 11:36 AM   #7
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I agree with the hacksaw method and then using a bushing driver. I use the inexpensive kit from Amazon. I've used this tool a lot over the years. Worth having in the tool box. These old bushings can be frustrating sometimes!

https://www.amazon.com/Neiko-19-Piec...sr_1_3?ie=UTF8


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