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My 72 Bug

Post by Lew » Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:26 am

Newbie on Shop Talk Forums. I just removed the body and cut out passenger side floor pan.....Starting the driver side pan later this week.....I have removed the transmission, and the front beam....I would like to know what some are talking about regarding the "swing axle"? I am wanting to know how to remove the back end of the chassis so I just have the naked portion of the frame.....I want to clean and paint each portion separately.....Any help will be greatly appreciated.....Since I don't want to double post. Maybe steer me to the right forum, or the man that knows!

Thanks!


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Post by UJSLOST » Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:52 am

Can you resize that picture? Its way to large to see whats going on.

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How's This!

Post by Lew » Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:51 am

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Re: My 72 Bug

Post by kangaboy » Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:09 pm

Lew wrote:....I would like to know what some are talking about the "swing axle"? I am wanting to know how to remove all the back end of the chassis so I just have the naked portion of the frame.....
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Thats IRS sir...good for you too.

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More Pictures from Newbie!

Post by Lew » Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:08 pm

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This pin that has the notches has a recess area. Looks like the end of a socket. Maybe a special tool that one needs to remove. Any Idea how they come out....

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How do you remove these pins?

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Re: More Pictures from Newbie!

Post by sideshow » Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:37 pm

Lew wrote:How do you remove these pins?

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17mm allen key or a tranny drain plug tool (also a 17mm 6 sided tool)
Yeah some may call it overkill, but you can't have too much overkill.

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Didn't think about that!

Post by Lew » Sun Mar 01, 2009 12:31 am

I have soaked the pins with Blaster since they are somewhat rusty....Most likey it going to take some real force to get them out....Anyway I will look for a 17mm allen socket and use my pull handle to move if I am lucky....
I can't use any heat because of the rubber bushings. I will post what happens once I pickup the allen socket.....I appreciate your help Sideshow :)

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Floor Pans!

Post by Lew » Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:03 pm

Finally both pans removed and spot welds ground down. Front end removed. Ready to remove rear end. Won't be long before new pans will be going in.

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Swing Arm Pins

Post by Lew » Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:31 pm

Finally got a 17 mm allen wrench into the pin end. I used a large box end wrench over the end of the allen wrench. Finally it moved after much force. The Blaster spray helped big time. It soaked overnight.....Now off with the rear hubs to disconnect the emergency brake cables, and eight bolts on the torsion arms and the rear end can be removed. I did not have a small length of 3/4 pipe to slide over the allen wrench which would have been much better. However you gotta do what you gotta do.

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More Work!

Post by Lew » Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:01 pm

Today I removed the swing arm pins, and disconnected the emergency brake cables along with removing the shocks.....This enabled me to remove the rear end. Floor Pans on order!

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This is one of the swing arm pins.

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Post by volkenstein » Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:32 am

Lew,
If that shot of the pivot bolt is "as removed" that's in pretty good condition all things considered. Clean it up and pack away for re-use. They can be tough (80 Ft/lbs torque IIRC) especially if the surrounding housing got peined into that groove you can see in the pic.

Soldier on laddie, looking good!


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Swing Arm Pins

Post by Lew » Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:41 pm

I was suprised to see them in such good shape. The big washers, and bushings are OK as well. The Pins cleaned up nicely, and look like new. They were sprayed with WD40 and put in a Zip Lock Freezer Bag. All my small parts, nuts and bolts are in bags and labeled.
I was wondering when I removed the pins just how much torque needed to be put on them when they go back in place......

Volkenstein are we correct in saying 80 ft pounds on the pins?

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Post by volkenstein » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:31 pm

Lew,
IIRC = If I Remember Correctly. In this case, no :lol: . The real figure turns out to be 87 Ft/lbs.

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Post by bigmeat » Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:22 pm

Spend the money and get some new bushings. Worn swing arm bushing can realy scre up the rear alignment.

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