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Projects Tires won’t come off!!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Boden, Oct 2, 2019.

  1. Boden
    Joined: Oct 10, 2018
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    So I put 3” blocks in the rear of my 53 ford Customline Tudor. And the tires are too far up in the wheel well so they aren’t able to come off the rear because they hit the inside of the quarter panel. There must be a way around this besides removing the blocks. What do you guys do?

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  2. Boden
    Joined: Oct 10, 2018
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    Oh. And that is with the jack stands on the frame. Not on the rear

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  3. Mine does the same. Disconnect the shocks and the rear will come down further
  4. Boden
    Joined: Oct 10, 2018
    Posts: 429


    Ok. Great idea!! Thanks a lot. Hope it works

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  5. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,439


    Yes , the shocks limit travel...not a biggie , make sure you have the tools when you hit the road...
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  6. Boden
    Joined: Oct 10, 2018
    Posts: 429


    That was my worry. When I get a flat I will need a tow. But now I know. Haha. Thanks again

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  7. Casey Riley
    Joined: Jun 27, 2018
    Posts: 400

    Casey Riley

  8. Getting low has its problems
    That’s just one of them
  9. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 4,720


    Disconnect the shocks first, then jack it up just enough to remove the wheels. If you jack first and then unbolt the shocks the rear axle is gonna drop hard, and far if you have it jacked up too high. Pay attention that you don't rip the rear brake hose.
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  10. Boden
    Joined: Oct 10, 2018
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    Ok. Thanks for the replies

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  11. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 6,439


    First jack the frame of the car up as far as you can. Leave that jack in place or use a jack stand.
    This raises the body.
    Then place a jack on the axle housing and raise it up until the wheel
    clears the floor. This raises the suspension.
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  12. Then raise the rear so it has that predator vibe:D.
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  13. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 4,785


    My car isn't lowered but I have to disconnect the rear shackles to get my tires off.
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  14. chargin03
    Joined: Jan 8, 2013
    Posts: 373


    I let the air out of the tires to remove and replace.
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  15. ^^^^^ Ever suck in your gut to button your pants? If yes then you'll understand. :p
  16. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 133

    from CA

    a strong ratchet strap around the radius of the tire might help too, squish it even smaller.

    If it's a solid rear, you can "flex" the rear, jack up one side of the axle (with the car held up by the frame) and the opposite side spring will droop even lower, and put the wheel at an angle.
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  17. And have a jack under the rear please! Don't let it just hang under weight, or things might not go so well........
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  18. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,817

    from Dublin, OH

    Carry a couple of cans of "fix-a-flat"!
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  19. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 1,372


    Probably not what you want to do, but I cut the wheel opening on the fenders big enough I can take the tire off once its off the ground.
    You can get away with that if it looks like an old race car. Gene
  20. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
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    Bandit Billy

    First Inflate the air bag...oh wait, wrong forum :rolleyes:
  21. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 4,661

    jimmy six

    I use a floor jack on the axle just behind the wheel to barely get the tire off the ground. I then use the bumper jack, the one behind the spare tire ( u have it right), and jack up the car as you normally once did and remove the wheel/tire. Not advisable if you've removed your bumper guards.
    If you've added any width to your stock size wheel it can become a pain. Also removing the shocks "can" cause the shackles to reverse so you need to watch that coming back down.
  22. lc1963
    Joined: Aug 12, 2008
    Posts: 158

    from iowa

    I had same problem
    Went narrower tire and wheel, valve stem removed to deflate.
    I keep a dewalt inflator when I travel to reinflate tire

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  23. I was going to say what @jimmy six said about the shackles. I remember mine flipped once on my '54.
  24. Bugguts
    Joined: Aug 13, 2011
    Posts: 592


    I’m sure you thought of this already, but make sure you try this at home first so you know it works for you. Experimenting on a highway shoulder is no fun!
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  25. “Or use a jack stand”
    Great advice,,, like they are optional, Right?
    I guess you can’t expect much more from guys that build stuff that you can’t get the wheels off of.
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  26. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,731

    from Iowa

    I used to work in a tire store. We went in from the side and jacked up under the frame right in front of the axle. Jack just clearing the front of the tire. That lets the side you are jacking on drop out of the wheelwell and it compresses the other side so the tire goes deeper into the wheelwell and the axle gets more angle left to right. That pulls the raised tire closer to the frame and creates more room between the tire and inside of the wheelwell. Usually able to get them off doing that unless it's REALLY bad. Only takes one jack that way.
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  27. ...on them old Fords you can stick a crowbar in the shackle and flip it so it hangs down, that mite give some extra clearance,..kinda like suggested above.
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  28. Boden
    Joined: Oct 10, 2018
    Posts: 429


    Thanks guys. Now I have a bunch of things to try on both tires. See what works best and is the easiest to do. Especially if I get a flat on the side of the highway.

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  29. Rusty Heaps
    Joined: May 19, 2011
    Posts: 508

    Rusty Heaps

    Same problem encountered with the '55 Chevy. No wonder so many quarters were cut. I couldn't go that route, so I guess I will continue to go with the two jacks route.

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