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I am working on a 41 ford front end, trying to take it apart, my question is the spring perch bolt that holds the wishbones on wont come out. I pulled the castelated nuts off, and the bolt wont come out of the axle. Are these pressed in, do i need to use a press to get them off, or should they just pull out.

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The bolt just slips into the stamped holes in the spring leaves. It is rusted in place. Should be able to hammer on it and knock it loose. A shot of WD40 first will help. Put the spring in a loosely tightened vice or C-clamp first 'cause there is a little stored energy and when the leaves let loose it gets exciting.

Replace the old, shot bolts w/ Allen head cap screws. They are super strong and have the perfect round head to locate the spring in the perch when going back together.
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As a Moderator here and a old Ford owner, I would like to WELCOME YOU here ...

I have always had to use a torch ... heat it up to almost glowing red and then use a special tool # 20. ( special tool # 20 is big 20 pound hammer )

Again WELCOME ...
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thanks deuce, i have heated the axle up to almost red and used a bfh and wailed on that perch bolt i wont budge, all it did was mushroom the end of the bolt. i even froze the bolt with liquid nitrogen, and heated the axle, but it still wont budge. i guess that 65 years of rust is as good as welding. jk
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spring perch bolts

Can you take the band off the leaves? then smack the leaves sideways to break the rust loose. Just a suggestion
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