Hello, I am Anders, and I drive an Alfa.
I haven't been driving my 75 for three months now!
Anyway, I am tearing apart the undercarriage and the suspension. Those old crusty rubber-bushings need replacement, but how do I get them critters out?
And I guess, I probably need some considerable force or special tool to put the fresh ones in.
Need help, please!
Anders Erling Gjersøe
Norway - we hate the cold, but still stick around
Thank you for your reply. But my query was actually more along the lines of the "how to". From talking to fellow Alfisti in Norway, it seems like removal-process is either best left to pro's (expensive ) or by employing brute force, blow-torch, etc.....
Either option fail to attract me.
Well lets start with the bad news. To do the center DeDion bush without an act of God your gonna have to pull the rear suspension. what I did was remove the entire DeDion and the trans. At that time I replaced my rear Wheel bearings, put a poly DeDiond bush in, put poly watts linkage bushes in, racing springs, had the trans refreshed (my second was crunching) and redid my rear brakes. It seems like a lot and it is. But it takes about two months and your car will be practically brand new. The hardest part was the rear wheel bearings. I suggest taking your time. Never lose your temper and if you start to walk away from it for the day. I was amazed at the improvement to my car. If you don't want to do all of that, replacing your DeDion isn't worth the trouble.
To start you need to jack the car up at the four jacking points and remove the back wheels. You are going to need a cart of some type. I used a wooded dooly from my wifes work that is flat sturdy and has 4 wheels. Basically when the trans comes down it will allow you to roll it out of under the car with the suspension. First, you must isolate the transaxle. Remove diveshaft. Be very VERY! careful doing this. Mark everything! I mean the bolts where they go which direction and where on the flanges. I color coded each one and took digital pictures. Once the drive shaft and the linkage are removed you then remove the brake and clutch lines. Be casreful again brake fluid will remove paint and it isnt good for your skin either. Then remove six bolts to the front of DeDion support. Then remove watts linkage. Make sure you have a jack under the trans. I have to go but I'll add more tomorrow.