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Old 06-12-2004, 06:10 PM
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Help removing rear spring on my 52 Caddy

Okay, it sounded simple enough!
The front shackle (on the rear spring) is giving me the problem. The shop manual says to remove the nut through the hole in the frame and then drove out the shackle bolt.
2 problems:
1. The shackle bolt's nut is rusted and I can't get a socket to grip it. Any ideas on that? It's on the inside of the frame and almost impossible to get to without a deep-well socket and a small extension. I was thinking about trying those new sockets (from Sears) that are designed for rusty nuts.

Hole pic:

2. If I somehow get that nut off, the book says to drive out the shackle bolt. How does that work?? Looking at the shackle mount, it doesn't appear that it is even possible to drive out. It appears that the shackle bolt is an integral piece of the mounting bracket. I don't think I can remove the shackle mount, it looks to be riveted to the frame.

Pic of the back side of the shackle mount. This appears to be where I'm suppose to drive out the shackle bolt:


My other thought is to sawzall off the shackle bolt someplace on either side of the spring eye and try driving it out.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks,
Eric

P.S. More pictures can be found at Pictures

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