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The way it's supposed to work is you stick an allen wrench or similar in the top of the threaded rod to keep it from spinning, then use a wrench on the nut. You've got a lot of rust there though, so not sure you'd get the nut off without rounding out the inside. In cases of heavy rust or damaged fasteners, I've removed shocks by just cutting off the top of the rod and the nut with a death wheel or reciprocating saw or whatever I can get in there with. Not sure you'll have room to do that, haven't done shocks on one of these cars yet.
 

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top of shock piston rod will either have a alan head or 2 sides flat. You use a wrench to hold it and a another wrench to remove nut.

Vise grips also work either on top of old shock rod or grab it anywhere on the piston shaft with vice grips and use a socket on the nut
 

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I think i'm SOL.
i tried vise grip on piston shaft and just spins still.
I'll check if i have allen wrench to fit in top of psiton rod.
Even if i do all i have is deep 11/16 socket. NO way in hell a box wrench is even getting close...
i'll give it one last try before i say f-it. and have it done.
-ALF out....
 

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old stuff, shoulda showed on search. get a deep socket on the shock nut on top and a two foot extension and rock it briskly back and forth. I've snapped off many this way. way quicker.
 

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as was mentioned by another member IMO use a deep socket rock the socket so that the shock rod will break off. too rusted to unscrew it .. keep the lower shock screws on to do this rod breaking .
 

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I see you are in CT. That would explain the difficulty in removing anything on the underside of the car. You may find the speed nuts on the lower control arm difficult to acquire.
 

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okay, got part 457000 at advance auto parts, the speed nuts, and got doorman part 980-425, the bolts for the nuts.

i checked they at least fit each other. tomorrow i see if the speed nut fits in the bottom of the shock tower like the old ones did.

i got enough for both sides, but boy am i scared to do the PASS side, tomorrow. It's an even tighter spot to work in.
BTW the 3/16 allen head fits in the top shock piston rod PERFECTLY, but there is no room in there to get a wrench on the nut, so that seems useless to me, but i ain't no mechanic.


okay, later.
-ALF out....
 

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If you put the car on jack stands, and then put a jack under the suspension arm, you can create a space between the bottom of the upper arm, and the frame. I use a ratcheting box end on the nut. You can also use a through the socket ratchet set.
 

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thanks Fred, i tried jacking the lower A-arm. it only went so far up then started lifting the car off jack stand. good idea but was a total FAIL for me.
yeah i may need to buy more tools.. SMH.

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Angleo, Here are some through sockets. https://www.harborfreight.com/hand-tools/sockets-ratchets/21-pc-sae-metric-go-thru-socket-set-62305.html But I"m betting that you need a deep socket for the nut. Maybe you can just put a deep socket on the nut and hold it tight with some Vice Grips and then get an allen wrench on it.

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPkYxWPvkz5ojI_Wly3hS8AiIRRedw1vPQ34ZexIR1hWRMNoJI67O4wm4mNTw-fPw?key=RzNYQ3V6S0Vtb3JIUmpCY1BmeG93UXBFNk5Ra3N3 Just throw enough money at it and it will happen.

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I use a crowfoot head on a long extension and ratchet for the nut. Not sure that'll help with that much rust though. SOP for me is to give a good coat of RTV silicone on the whole nut and shaft of the new shocks to keep the elements out. Subsequent removals become as easy as going in.
 

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Hi, can't get old ones off.
i seem to have a nut on top only, no jam nut.

my ratchet and impact just spin the stem.

i see no place to even get vise grips CLOSE to the shock to stop the spinning.


any ideas...?

https://photos.app.goo.gl/57s2CisKFTzhoqvu1

https://photos.app.goo.gl/iVG78aUaEpk5PMXA2

-ALF out...
A little late for you since you managed to get these off but maybe this may help out the next guy.

In the past with the Top Shock Nut on the Fronts I've had success using a Nut Splitter. If you want to re-use the shock, you need to be careful not to cut into the Shaft. But on this Shock, if you cut into the nut about 1/2 way, then turn the nut splitter 180* to cut into the other side a little. This distorts the Nut which also breaks the Rust Seal. In some cases I've actually had the nut spin off by hand doing this. Worst case, you split the nut into pieces and just put a new nut on there if you reinstall.
 

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thanks guys, i am going to buy these tonight or tomorrow.

Angleo, Here are some through sockets. https://www.harborfreight.com/hand-t...set-62305.html


i tried putting DR side new one in and shaft spins, so i need it. All i have is deep sockets.

then i will have DR done and can get to PASS side.


60 minutes turns into 6 hours turns into 6 days....SMH.
-ALF out...
 

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thanks guys, i am going to buy these tonight or tomorrow.

Angleo, Here are some through sockets. https://www.harborfreight.com/hand-t...set-62305.html


i tried putting DR side new one in and shaft spins, so i need it. All i have is deep sockets.

then i will have DR done and can get to PASS side.


60 minutes turns into 6 hours turns into 6 days....SMH.
-ALF out...
I had a fuel pump quit, and it was 6 weeks to get it back on the road. I do have to qualify that, because the 454 is a custom installation, and all the parts had to be ordered. Some of the parts are proprietary as well.
 

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Angelo, There is this too. https://www.amazon.com/Lisle-20400-Universal-Shock-Absorber/dp/B000CO88C6 I'm not sure how well it would work with the RUST you have there. The idea of putting RTV on the stem & nut seemed as if it would be a wise thing in your local.

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Thanks, that was worth it just to see the 2nd pic of how the hell that tool works. couldn't picture it in my head.
I don't think i want to buy a tool that only does one thing unless i have too. So i'll try the HF sockets first.
-ALF out...
 

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Hey Angelo. I found one more option for you. https://www.amazon.com/Powerbuilt-648603-5-Piece-Spring-Compressor/dp/B0028QGTIG This is a loaner tool from advance. If you look at the pic it also has the shock tool in it. I'm sort of lucky????? that I have all of the Big Three within 2 miles of my house, now that I live in town.:frown2: I'm betting your situation might be similar. I've followed some of your work and you have been helpful with your posts. I'm just trying to return the help.

Mark: Snowman-33
 
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