On 24 Jun, in article
"Derry Argue" wrote:
> I've done a quick Google but come up with nothing.
> What are the recommended methods of installing new bushes without having
> access to a press? Last time, I had two vehicles here and it was a simple
> matter to take the bits to a local garage. But now I have just the one.
> I've heard of using a threaded bar, or long bolt, and a couple of nuts and
> washers. Also, I think, of jacking the Land Rover up, then letting it down
> slowly on the jack to press the new bush using the weight of the vehicle.
The story behind Polybushes has it that conventional threads aren't
really strong enough, and the inventor was working in an enviroment
where the bushes didn't last well.
> But I was thinking of making up a small metal frame and using a bottle
> jack? Then I would also have a nifty tool for next time!
We had something like this on the farm, a brute of a rig, though it
wasn't small. Looking at stuff like the "Machine Mart" catalogue, they
look easy enough to make, but we were lucky enough to have an ancient
lathe that could turn the adaptors to fit the job.
In some ways, it can be a bit like fitting a new spider to a UJ, except
with a _lot_ more force needed.
> Any ideas, before I begin? Nothing worse than taking things to pieces only
> to find they won't go back together again without thumbing a lift to town
> to buy more tools! (I'm rural).
David G. Bell -- SF Fan, Filker, and Punslinger.
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