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removing shackle bolt from axle

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by oldskooloutlaw, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. oldskooloutlaw
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 223

    from Tulsa

    What would be the easiest way to remove rusted in shackle bolt from my 41 axle without a torch ?
  2. Doodlrodz
    Joined: Feb 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,439

    Member Emeritus

    Soak the hell out of it every day with PB Blaster and do the Tebow.
  3. You could use a mixture of 50/50 ATF and Acetone and spray the perch and let it sit for a week and then take it somewhere where they had a big press.
    Of coures I would just heat it and beat it like everyone else.
  4. Blk210
    Joined: Feb 9, 2008
    Posts: 185

    from New Market

    you could always drill a hole into the center of it and thread in a grease fitting, then add grease and move it back and forth till it comes loose or inject the hole with PB Blaster. In the end it comes out and then you have a grease fitting for future use.

  5. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 7,072



    I'm assuming you don't have easy access to an Ox/Ac setup?

    go to home depot and buy a MAP gas torch for $50... heat the sumbitch up real good, knock it out, and get it over with. If it's really stuck in there, you can soak it all you want to... it's not gonna budge without some heat.
  6. peter schmidt
    Joined: Aug 26, 2007
    Posts: 660

    peter schmidt
    from maryland

    Maybe a shop press or air hammer? I had to heat mine pretty good maybe find a local welder and do some bargaining for use of his torches?? My friends always bring me beer to use mine.
  7. bgaro
    Joined: Sep 3, 2010
    Posts: 1,189


    cut the head and the nut off the bolt with a 4" grinder/cutting wheel, then heat with bernz o matic. hot rubber is real slippery. then hit with a hammer and punch. no fancy tools required.
  8. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,823


    Are you trying to remove the shackle bolt from the spring perch or the spring perch from the axle? You are getting instructions for two completely different things.

    To get the pin that holds the wishbone to the axle out heat and a big press is probably the best way.
  9. 39 All Ford
    Joined: Sep 15, 2008
    Posts: 1,531

    39 All Ford
    from Benton AR

    The ones I have messed with when I was a kid were a bitch, I don't think I could have gotten them out without heat.

    The ones I had consisted of a metal sleeve containing the shackle stud wrapped in some hard ass fabric, not rubber, so they were not "self lubricating" when heated.

    After beating on these things for a while, I heated the mount good and hot and they came out easy enough.

    I remember deciding to stick the new shackle bolt in while the mount was still hot and changing my mind at the last moment, and the new bolt/bushing assy. stuck halfway....
  10. silversink
    Joined: May 3, 2008
    Posts: 917


    Be carfull as some of bolts screwed into the shackles along with having a bolt and all the beating will get you nowhere. Hook a screwdriver behind the head of the bolt and unscrew the bolt while putting pressure on the bolt head.
  11. Mr.Musico
    Joined: Jan 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,627

    from SoCal

    Im guessing your trying to remove the shackle pin from the spring hanger? I just spent 6 hours on this- heat, penetrating oil, huge hammer, eventually folllowed by drilling it out w small bit and then 3/4 bit. not fun at all.
  12. cheveey57
    Joined: Mar 11, 2010
    Posts: 676


    By the look of Sundays performance "the. Tebow" Is not going to do it.
  13. Mr.Musico
    Joined: Jan 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,627

    from SoCal

    like the others said, the shackle pin will come apart if you beat on it and leave the shoulder/sleeve inside the hanger. hitting a socket or large bolt through the hanger sometimes will bring it out, otherwise you may need to drill- I dont know any other way

    skidsmarks that sounds like it could work.
  14. cvstl
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,476

    from StL MO
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    skidmarks has your answer. On a '41, it should be rubber between the bolt and sleeve. A propane torch may get the rubber hot enough to make it easier to drive the bolt out. If not, you may need a hotter torch to get it started. Once the bolt is out then cut the sleeve carefully with a hack saw and use a hammer chisel to crumple the sleeve and knock it out.
  15. oldskooloutlaw
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 223

    from Tulsa

    Thanks guys, I'll post up what worked or how much it cost.
  16. Rusty Cheese
    Joined: Oct 11, 2010
    Posts: 336

    Rusty Cheese

    Plain candle wax, not my idea found it on the HAMB. Works great!!!
  17. Tedders
    Joined: Oct 18, 2012
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  18. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,755


    the wax works after heat but I used bees wax. I learned this while taking a blacksmith class where they let me disassemble a few front axles with the help of the forge.

    Friendly advice, find someone with a torch, everything else will take forever. Its the only way besides a forge that makes sense. Maybe a hamb member can step up for a six pack
  19. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,755


    Oops I thought you were talking about the spring perch bolt. Maybe you were, if not disregard
  20. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 4,827


    If atf / acetone doesn't work, I try wax next, heat with a propane torch and dribble wax on as it cools, the wax draws to the heat, so try to heat the bolt. I don't have an oxy/ac rig. I've even used johnsons paste wax and an acid brush on a hot bolt. This only takes a few minutes to try.

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