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Removing Spring Perches

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Swanson52, Sep 16, 2002.

  1. Swanson52

    Swanson52 1/2 ton status

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    Is this just a matter of endless grinding until they submit?
     
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    When I worked at a f*&d dealer, there was a service message to replace all the rivots on the front of f-150 and f250 trucks with bolts.(some stupid noise!!) we used to drill a hole through the center of the rivot 5/16 and then wack them off with a air chisel. took only a minute per rivot.
     
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    More or less...use a BFH and see if the remaining weld will crack. Careful not to gouge into the tube!!

    Rene
     
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    Yeah, that would make my frikkin monday! /forums/images/icons/smirk.gif
     
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    I gouged mine a little...nothing a bit of weld and a few minutes grinding couldn't fix though. /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif /forums/images/icons/grin.gif

    Rene
     
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    i took mine off with a acetaline torch then grined the leftover metal flat to the tube.the grinding took longer than the cutting. /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
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    <font color="green"> I just did this last weekend. Pics... A sawzall will make it go faster, you can see the straight cuts that I made with a sawzall. After that there was a bit of material left so I worked on it with an angle grinder with a thin cutoff wheel and made small cuts from the top of the metal down to the tube, then worked from one side to the other to get it real close to the tube. After that I used a normal grinding disc to even it out. It took me about 4 hours to get it all done, I gouged the tube a little bit in 1 spot. </font color>
     
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    I did it without ruining the old perches.../forums/images/icons/tongue.gif

    Rene
     
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    Aww geez Evan!! /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif No wonder you could use a sawz-all on those perches....those are the '85 and newer stamped-steel perches!! /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif

    If you had an '84 and older 14FF, those will have the cast perches, which will require the BFH and massive amounts of grinding to remove them.

    You got off easy with those perches, man! /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
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    <font color="green"> I got off easy!? Damn, I don't think I've seen the older ones, I thought these things were pretty beefy... I'll count myself as lucky, I guess! </font color>
     
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    Yeah, perches were on an 81 14B. BUT, with my 5" angle grinder, my BFH, and massive amounts of angry abuse, THEY HAVE BEEN LIBERATED!! HOORAY! What a f'ing PITA. /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif At least I did it at work, so theoretically, I got paid to do it. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     

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