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I sure hope a shackle flip is worth it..

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by twoslo4five0, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. twoslo4five0

    twoslo4five0 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Just got done working and im freaking exhausted...got 4 of the rivets ground down and the pass side shackle hanger off...man im beat...also got the old blocks out and one of the zero rates instaled and the u bolt and everything put back togher...i sure hope all this work is worth it!!!
     
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    I am doing the same thing you are and removing the rivets is tuely a pain in the a$$.
     
  3. twoslo4five0

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    yeah how are you removing yours???is a grinder the best way???
     
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    hot wrench and then air chissle when hot each one to pop the rest out.

    and you will love the way the flip rides when done. much softer . it fells funny at first and over 45* angles . like if you dont go stright in to a parking lot thats raised off the main street.
     
  5. twoslo4five0

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    i might be dumb but what is a hot wrench..i tried the air chisel today but no use....
     
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    Are you working on the burb? If so, they are a pain, but just wait till you get to the driver side,lol. I use a torch to trim the head of the rivet off, then pry the bracket off with a large prybar, then grind the rivet flush with frame and beat it out with a hammer and punch or air chisel.
    Just keep at it, and before you know it, you'll be done.
    Jimbo
     
  7. twoslo4five0

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    yes i am...i have to drop the tank tomm i think not gonna be fun the straps are all rusty...the only torch i have is one of the little sodering propane torches...
     
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    really.. I had the side 4 rivets and 2 on the inside of the frame off in 30 mins.. redrilled my holes.... all bolted back on one side in 1.5hrs...

    however yer doin a flip... good luck.. wish I was doing a flip... im just moving my hangers back.. :doah:
     
  9. twoslo4five0

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    you also have to remember you didnt have a bed...not complaning at all but its a lil harder climing undernieth and positiong everything right and not having any room...
     
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    All i have is a grinder, a drill , a bfh, and a punch. I have been grinding the heads off the rivets, i tried just punching them out after i grinded the heads off but that wouldnt work. So i have been drilling them out some then punching them through. I got the drivers side hanger off now, but one of the rivets on the inside of the frame rail is stuck and wont move and i have tried everything i guess i will just drill it out.

    Edit: I highly doubt grinding them off is the best way but it is the only way i have to remove them.
     
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    ya know what dude.. yer right.. with the bed off.. I used my bfh and could swing that puppy...

    also used a 5' crowbar!!
     
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    You guys are going about it all wrong. Just use a good quality cold chisle and knock them sum b!tches off with a BFH. It took maybe 15 minutes to remove my old shackle mounts this way.......Oh and wear protective clothing and eye wear..........
     
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    Never tried it Corey's way, but the grinder worked well for me. Good things is, I won't ever have to grind those rivets again.
     
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    i would love to but i dont have enough room under the burb 4 that...
     
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    Hell I did it under my Blazer. Give it a try, the heads will pop off usually with one swing........
     
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    ill give it a shot tomm...gotta find my chisel though..
     
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    Watcha you talking about Willis??? First I've heard of doing it this way. I've had my flip in the garage for a few months now and been puttling off the job. I've been dreading the rivits.

    Please give this short bus student some insight.
     
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    That's how I did mine !!!!!
    Just make sure the chisel is sharp.
     
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    Take a good cold chisle (US made not China) and a 3-5 Lbs hammer and knock them off. Its pretty easy........
     
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    Thanks - I'll give it a shot.
     

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