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Old 06-01-2013, 09:27 AM
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62 Impala:Lower shock mount, REAR control arm bolt removal.

I just went though this removal of both lower rear control arms on my 1962 Impala. First start by spraying rust lube on all nuts and bolts the night before. The forward upper bolts came out with no issue using a 15/16 box wrench on the inside nuts. The lower shock nuts and shocks came off no issue, tie them back out of the way. Now for the shock/control arm bolt. You cannot get a good swing at the bolt with the nut on to protect the threads, or can you turn the shock bolt out. This bolt has a flat spot on the threaded part plus after removal it has a spline on shock side that locks it onto the mount that keeps it from turning. The tool I used, and if you are lucky once placed on the shock bolt and striking with a 5 pound hammer it will break free and pull straight out of the mount. I used the large ball joint fork, it had the 14" handle and fit the shock bolt perfectly flat where it would not damage the shock mount bolt. The fork was placed on the shock mount bolt with the handle coming out just outside the rear brake drum, thus giving a good striking blow to break it free. If it does not come free, you will need to heat (torch) the inside shock mount bolt(spline side)then strike again. You will get it.....remember...time and money fixes all.

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Thanks for the information. You posted to a 7+ year old thread.

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Rear lower shock mount info.....

I know it was an old thread...but I looked everywhere just to find out how the rear lower shock mount bolt was held in. It has to come straight out, no twisting or turning. Hope this helps folks, especially when cars come from back east that have road/rust frozen parts.
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