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do i have to grind off my old spring hangers?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BranndonC, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. BranndonC

    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    they seem to be riveted on from the front and rear, so i cant really un bolt them, and i need to install my ORD flip kit, so how do i go about getting the old spring hanger off? get my grinder out and hit all the rivets or what?

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    yes. Either grind them off, torch them off, or hit them an air chisel. You could ask them to come off nicely /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    they seem to be riveted on from the front and rear, so i cant really un bolt them, and i need to install my ORD flip kit, so how do i go about getting the old spring hanger off? get my grinder out and hit all the rivets or what?

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    I like drilling rivets out personally.
     
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    when you take those off dont forget to put them up for sell so all the midwest and northeastern people can replace their rusted out hangers /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
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    eeek. I want a air hammer! I need to get all the rivets out of my frame soon... eeee /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    when you take those off dont forget to put them up for sell so all the midwest and northeastern people can replace their rusted out hangers /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif

    [/ QUOTE ] I would tourch them off. Besides you can't give those hangers away, so your not losing anything.
     
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    i dont have a torch, i have a small air chisle thing, and a grinder, but i think i'll put some 24 grit flap discs on there and go to town /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     
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    I've had good results with cutting them down the middle with the grinder and a cut off wheel. Then taking a chisel and hammer and hitting them from the side and they will come off on half at a time. Once the head is off then take a pnch and hit the center and it will fly out the other side. I have it down to a 2 /forums/images/graemlins/grind.gif minute job once all the tools are out.
     
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    I've had good results with cutting them down the middle with the grinder and a cut off wheel. Then taking a chisel and hammer and hitting them from the side and they will come off on half at a time. Once the head is off then take a pnch and hit the center and it will fly out the other side. I have it down to a 2 /forums/images/graemlins/grind.gif minute job once all the tools are out.

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    Yeah what he said works also. Get some of those thin cutting disk. Cut an "x" in the heads and you can chisel them off then punch them out. Unless you have a tourch.....and about 2 mins to spare. /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif /forums/images/graemlins/weld.gif
     
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    I usually X them then cut each part of the X off with a grinder or cut off wheel. Its not the fastest but mentally it works for me. Seems like I am making more progress when I see bits flying off rather than cutting and cutting and cutting then having the whole head pop off.
     
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    I will try the x's and the t's and the -'s when I go to do it. All I have is a dieing grinder, and a hammer...
     
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    Good timing with this post I should be doing the same in a couple weeks tops. Thanks /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    buy an angle grinder steve. Invaluable tool. If I had to buy a new one every 6 months I would.... have.... ok 2
     
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    I do have an angle grinder, 7", 4.5" and 5"... if your refering to "dieing" i meant its old and worn out.
     
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    So you mean dying grinder... I think he must have thought you meant die grinder which is a totally different thing. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    yeah, dying/dieing, same thing /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
    YEah I know what a die grinder is. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    i dont have a torch or a air chisel, so I basically use a 4.5" grinder to grind the head flush with the bracket... once all of them are that way, i hammer the bracket a couple of times and remove it... then i use a punch and hammer the remainder of the rivet out the other side. Sometimes they are a real PITA and hang on, so I will carefully grind them down almost flush with the frame and try again with the punch/hammer. Some come out easier than others, but patients seems to be the key.

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    I use my CP $49 air chisel and it knocks them off in seconds with a good hard chisel.
     
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    My snap on air hammer works real good with the proper bits. Once I figured it out it takes about 5 minutes a side.
     
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    I dissagree--a lot of people up here have to pay the dealer some good cash for new spring hangers,and most of the GM trucks I see in the boneyards here have them chopped off already if they were not rusted--in fact most of the yards cut the hangers off and sell them along with the leaf springs,knowing the hangers are probably rotted to death.Maybe you cant sell them for much money,but there is a demand for them up here at least!.
    I posted a while back about how one guy gets his rivets out at the boneyard--he uses an all steel camping hatchet he found in the trunk of one of the junk cars--he simply places the hatchet between the hanger and the frame,puts his safety goggles on,and whacks the backside on the hatchet with a 5lb.sledge--about 3 or 4 whacks per rivet,and they fly off like bullets!.Its kinda dangerous,but I watched in amazement as he took off a set of rear leaf springs and hangers in about 10 minites! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
     

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