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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:44 pm 
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In order to renew the front subframe bushes on an 1850 I imagine its done by supporting the body and just slackening all 4 nuts, withdrawing the bolts one by one, and replacing the bushes. Sorted!
Now supposing even just one of the bolts is rusted in the chassis rail tube does this mean that the entire subframe has to come off to get it lowered enough to extract the bushes ? ( Steering rack off; brake hoses off; support engine; water hoses off; etc; etc; ) ?
Lots of Plus-Gas and heat I imagine will be needed as an alternative ?
Thanks ,Tony.


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If you are really unlucky, the bolt (usually offside front) will have corroded into the 'top hat' spacer which results in having to cut the bolt above the spacer and renew....or live with it as is!

I've not encountered the bolts corroded to the ferrule tubes; they normally rust away before that can happen!


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If you are really unlucky, the bolt (usually offside front) will have corroded into the 'top hat' spacer which results in having to cut the bolt above the spacer and renew....or live with it as is!

I've not encountered the bolts corroded to the ferrule tubes; they normally rust away before that can happen!
On that white 1500HL I broke recently, all 4 bolts were seized solid in the ferrule tubes, the frame still came off! And would have gone back on again if need be!

I find the best tecnique is to drop one end (rather than one corner) at a time supporting it on a scissor jack or similar.

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