The best way to remove these bushings is to use a torch and set the rubber on fire. Let it burn one to two minutes then hit the eye so the rubber and the inner sleeve falls out. Then use a punch and a hammer and catch the end of the outer sleeve and curl it over.
Once enough of the sleeve has been bent over the sleeve can be driven out. Replacing rear shackle bushings on your later model Studebaker is not a bad job if you make a tool to remove and install them. You will have to start by getting a piece of 7/16" USS all-thread rod from a nut and bolt dealer. You will need at least grade five rod, not the kind they sell at hardware stores.
Remove the tie-rod from the steering arm. Run the chain up through the shock opening in the lower control arm, up through the spring, up through the upper shock opening in in the upper control arm, over towards the engine, down the inside of the frame.
Leave about 2 feet of slack and apply the linch pin. Replacing the rear spring hanger bushings in the frame rails. Follow along and see how we do this job. Thank you for visiting the SDC Forum, a service of the Studebaker Drivers Club, Inc., an International non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Studebaker automobiles.
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