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Old 11-03-2014, 05:15 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I am planning on pulling the front end for a rebuild this winter. I will be rebushing the front spring and perches along with looking at the A frame ball.

Question on the bushings that go in the frame. I am planning on knocking the old ones out and cleaning up the holes. Then putting the new bushings in the freezer to make pressing them in easier. Would warming the area around the bushing hole with a MAPP torch be beneficial or harmful? I was thinking of just warming up the metal so that it would expand just a smidge. That and the frozen bushing, I figure they would go in really easy.

Or should I just use my really big 'C' clamp and just push them in with a coating of Kroil?

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Old 11-03-2014, 05:26 PM   #2
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i have the 9.00 driver /remover works well for me. have not needed ice cubes.
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Old 11-03-2014, 05:34 PM   #3
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Instead of using Kroil, use a lube like grease, its better for high load situations.

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Old 11-03-2014, 05:37 PM   #4
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Hi Mike, when I did my town sedan in 2009, I used a hack saw to cut thru the old bushings and then used a big C-clamp to press in the new bushings worked the same on the front and rear.
When you get the front axle apart talk with Bob G. to have him check the axle.
And BTY there IS a front and back to the axle, use the king pins retainer bolts to guide you.
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Old 11-03-2014, 05:45 PM   #5
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I make my own bushing drivers. If you have access to a lathe, it's a simple tool to make. It's the kind of a first job we did early in basic Machine Shop. No heat, No chill. no drill or reamer . Just push em' out and the new ones in!
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:25 PM   #6
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I use the $9.00 driver like Mitch mentions above it makes the job easier, it also works on the rear brake camshaft bushings and is a very worthwhile tool. I agree with Terry above if you've got a lathe you can make one. Dave Wilton made a king pin bushing driver for me in 94 that has really came in handy . I don't have a lathe .
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