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Author Topic: tag axle update  (Read 5354 times)
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73' MC-8 8V71/HT740 Southwest Florida

« Reply #30 on: August 27, 2009, 11:43:55 AM »

My problem was not a frozen tag axle, but an axle with way to much play, so removing the tag axle was pretty easy. Removing the bushing was accomplished with a saws-all and a 12" blade. I cut several slots in the bushing and went to work with a long cold chisel. After removing the old bushing, I polished the inside of the cross-over tube with a cylinder hone. I put the new bushing in the freezer overnight and left it in there until I was ready to install it. I coated the inside of the crossover tube with light oil, grabbed the bushing out of the freezer, aligned it in the opening, and with a friend holding it in place with a gloved hand and a piece of oak over the end of the bushing, I drove it in place with a sledge hammer. Make sure everything is in alignment and have everything ready. Once you start driving it in place, there is no starting over.  Jack
PS: this procedure was explained to me by a friend that changed a bushing on his MC-7

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« Reply #31 on: August 27, 2009, 12:28:39 PM »

excellent description, make sense. I take it, it must have been a good friend, haha. Not sure if anyone will trust me with a sledge hammer. Must have been quite a job getting the old one out. I'm not sure if I'll have to replace it yet, I suppose it all depends how things look when I finally get it apart.


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