I have a 1981 EXCELLA and tried to replace the shocks today. was able to get the first 2 unbolted but can not remove the end attached to the axle bracket. The repair book says to twist them round, I tried that, no good.
I then measured the width of the top of shock and measured the distance between bolt and frame rails. the top of shock bracket is 1/4 to 3/8 inch wider then distance between bolt and frame rails. The only way I can see to change shocks is to drop axles, or cut away part of frame
I don't think i am missing anything, but if someone has a trick that i don't know I am all ears.
I would just as soon drop axles when I need new ones.