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After reading through the good advice responses I got from my strut rod bushing
question of a couple of days ago, I settled in last night to work at getting those
bad boys off the car. Armed with a Dremel tool, a right angle adapter, and a
handful of cutoff wheels, I worked out a procedure that takes about 5 minutes/side.

Use the Dremel to cut through the washer on the rear-side of the bushing. Make
a radial cut all the way through the washer so that you're digging into the rubber
behind it. Make sure the cut goes all the way through the washer and up into the
central cylinder. Then rotate the bushing 180 deg. (may take some doing) and
repeat. The washer can then be pried out from around the core.

With the washer off, wedge a chisel behind the rubber bushing and pry outward
so that the rubber bulges out. While it's under stress, cut through it with a utility
knife. Once you've gotten through the whole bushing, you can peel it from around
the core and the rest of the bushing will fall out.

So where's the doofus part? At one point I tried cutting through the rubber with the
dremel and cutoff wheel. Without my face shield (hey, it's only rubber, right?).
Lots of smoke, as expected, and melting rubber, as expected, and then the cutoff
wheel disintegrates and sprays hot melty rubber bits all over my face. If SWMBO
had opened the door to the garage just then she would have been treated to the
sight of me slapping my face with both hands trying to get the rubber off before it
burned. Fortunately, God smiles on children and morons - the rubber had cooled
enough as it flew through the air so it didn't burn skin.

Rich
'67 C-code 'vert (Dees67)
'69 GT FB (project car)
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You probably looked like Curley on the three Stooges, wuba wuba wuba. Did you get the strut rods off?

1966 Mustang Coupe, 302 custom roller cam, holley 650dp,http://www.289mustang.com
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Curley (LOL) - yeah I'm sure that's what I looked like. Portrait of an idiot in action...:)

Actually I got the strut rods off a few months ago while I was tearing the front end off.
Although that sure took some doing! The impact wrench was useless because the
lower control arms would just absorb the impact as the wrench twisted the rod. I finally
had to resort to a good long breaker bar, plenty of Mystery Oil, and a 2x4 wedged on
top of the lower control arm to keep it from lifting as I hauled on the breaker bar. Whew!

P.S. NICE ride in your sig!

Rich
'67 C-code 'vert (Dees67)
'69 GT FB (project car)
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Yup - the School of Hard Knocks...upside the head! Can't wait to see what happens when I
get my MIG welder....

Rich
'67 C-code 'vert (Dees67)
'69 GT FB (project car)
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Must have gotten lucky on my replacement.... mine came right apart..... wonder if previous owner kept them "lubed" ?

Ken

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