Zachary, I sent you a PM with a method for removing the perches. Let me know if you got it and how it turns out. Dave
Dave, I just got it and I just responded. Thanks for helping me out! I'll give it a go and see what happens.
You are very welcome. I ain't vury smart, but I have larned a few things over the years. Dave
I also sent some ideas. Hope one of them works out.
Mark, I appreciate your help as well. I've got one more tactic to use, and after that I'll just put this one on the wall and pick up another. Its too close to spring to monkey around with this thing too much more. I want to drive my car!
Zachary, have you had any luck yet? Dave
Dave, I haven't had a chance to get back into the shop to try the drill-out method. My father in law did spend a little more time with the axle last night but made no progress. I need to get over to his house and grab it back from him.
I got my axle back and was able to drill out one of them. I couldn't find my good set of drill bits (a recent shop move), so I was stuck with just a handful of 3/16" bits. I drilled as many holes as I could around the perimeter of the cut off perch. A few blows with a 3 pound sledge and drift and it kind of just fell out! The other one hasn't been so easy, but I'm going to stop and get some fresh, larger, bits and give it another go tonight.
Thanks again guys.
Just a final update. I managed to drill out the other perch as well! I had to get some new drill bits (which I needed anyway), jigged the axle up nice and square to the bit and worked my way up to 1/2" hole through the perch.
I suppose the heat and vibration from the drill helped loosen things up, because I was able to drive out the perches with a 3lb sledge and a drift. The second one went hard at first, moving almost imperceptibly with every 5 or 10 sledge blows. I kept putting acetone / ATF on it each time it moved, then walked away for 10 minutes. Rinse, cycle, repeat until it started really moving, at which point it just kind of plopped out the top.
Thanks everyone for their advise and help in saving my axle. Now I just need new perches, new bushings all around, a new wishbone, a little paint, and I'll be ready to take the first spring drive once the snow disappears.
Glad you were successful Zach! Dave