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Old 04-08-2011, 06:34 PM   #15
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My time was 4 hours - 2 working and 2 just wondering as I sat on the driveway why I got myself into this mess. Caravel is much happier, me???? yet to be determined how I feel about it..... That was three years ago - the knuckles have just now healed.... the scars remain.

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Old 04-08-2011, 07:22 PM   #16
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Mine was an afternoon in my dirt driveway by myself with a borrowed air impact driver. No trouble with bolts, Holes lined up on new axles and the rig tows like a dream. Sorry yours was not fun. Murphy is alive and lives in all our tool boxes...........Phil.

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Old 04-08-2011, 11:43 PM   #17
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Hi, this story reminds me of a friend that worked next to me at the Lincoln Mercury dealer in the 70's. He was from Canada and was so excited because he told me that in California he could actually unscrew all of the nuts and bolts and reuse them too; Versus in Canada, most all of the bolts either broke, had to be drilled out, or torched.

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Old 04-09-2011, 09:47 AM   #18
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Had my impact wrench ready, but did not need it, just used a 15" breaker bar and the nuts came right off. Our's has been in California it's whole life. (Least there is something good about this state!) Drilling the holes was the hardest part. Both axles by myself in less than 4 hours.
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:20 PM   #19
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Fortunately, 2nd axle came off in less than an hour. I think the second Evil Axle realized that it was doomed and meekly met its end. They're both at the landfill waiting to be recycled. Probably into some mechanical means of torture - say a IRS auditor's metal desk or something.
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:56 PM   #20
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I guess its a roll of the dice on how hard it is to remove the axle bolts...

My '63 popped right off...I did use a 3/4" socket set but they probably would have come off just as easy with a 1/2 " standard length rachet.

Even on my '77 they didn't fight much. I don't drill bolt it before you hang the axle.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:25 PM   #21
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The first axle I replaced took me more than two hours, but I was not in a hurry. The second took less than an hour. It isn't too difficult of a task. Patience and perseverance is what it takes.

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Old 04-10-2011, 12:08 AM   #22
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I suspect there's a corellation with bolt difficulty and amount of salt and mag chloride the unit has been living in. Do ya'll use a lot of salt on your roads in Texas?

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