Today my goal was to complete the tear down of the rear suspension. Cutting the bolts for the spring eye mount is a real hassle. As you can see here I am about half way though. With one side. Hacksaw time!
Fast forward a tedious time later and the cutting is done. Now I can start tearing the springs apart.
I started with the easy end and took the shackle apart.
Now for the hard end. Last time prying the eye open with a chisel worked.
Not this time! I think I will have to get more aggressive here.
I think I am going to have to cut these out. First step is to remove the rubber. I tried this 3/8″ spade bit and it worked great.
I drilled holes around the center then pulled it out with vice-grips.
Now I need to get the shell out. I started pounding with a chisel. This should work.
It took a LOT of pounding. The shell is rusted solid to the spring. I am almost through.
Once cut the shell came right out. Will the other side be as much of a PITA?
On the other side I tried something different. I cut the center out then put a hacksaw though. I then cut the shell right where the gap is in the spring eye. This worked a lot better. I was able to cut it most of the way through then just pop it loose with the chisel.
Now it is time to clean parts.
A few minutes of wire brush work and it looks much better.
The frame rails need cleaned up too.
The propane torch and a scraper remove the old undercoating nicely.
Then wire brush work to clean off the rust as much as possible.
I was running out of time but I also painted the spring. I have a little more scraping and brushing to do but mostly painting is next.