Saturday, May 15, 2010

When all else fails

The only thing left to do is get out the oxygen & acetylene
It's not something that we like to do, but sometimes necessary.

We are busy on the '53's rear end, and when removing the spring plates to renew the bushes we found that the torsion bar was stuck inside the spring plate.
We first tacked a bolt onto the cover plate and warmed it a little so to remove it, (easy to grind off later) then we heated up the the end of the spring plate and we mean heated, it had to be glowing.
Next we placed the spring plate on a block of oak, took a 40mm steel bar and drifted out the torsion bar, being careful not to damage the splines.
Some people say that you shouldn't do this and others say that's bull***t, but sometimes the only way is a little heat....

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