Joined: 22 Jun 2005
Location: TX, USA
1969 Mercury Cougar XR7
|Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:03 am Post subject: LCA Bushing Tool
LCA Bushing Tool
Here's my LCA bushing press.
12" 1/2"-20 threaded rod
Two 1/2"-20 nuts
Large thick 1/2" washer
1-1/2" pipe nipple (O.D. 1.9") 2" to 4" long (at least as long as your bushing).
1-1/2" pipe cap
You don't have to weld it together like I did, but, since the threaded rod stays centered if you do, it does make it easier to use.
To remove the bushing, place the tool on the flared side (large end) of the bushing. Find a 1/2" drive socket that has an outside diameter slightly smaller than your bushing to place on the other side. A craftsman 27mm worked perfectly for me. Slide the large thick washer over the socket to protect it. To keep the sides of the LCA from being squeezed together, you should wedge something next to the bushing like a block of wood. I used the handle of one of my hammers.
Now that I have the rubber one out, I replaced it with the spherical bearing kit from Open Tracker Racing Products.
To install the bushing (or bearing sleeve), put the bushing tool on the opposite side of the LCA (the side with the smaller hole).
Although I haven't tried it, I believe you can use the same tool for the leaf spring front eye bushings.