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Removing Rear Axle
Pulled the rear axle out. Not too bad. A couple or three hours start to finish. Took a while to get the drive shaft bolts undone, mainly due to oily crusty-ness that somehow managed to fall into an eyeball no matter how far away I thought my head was from the drop zone.
Actually all the rusted bolts came apart pretty easy and the whole assembly rolled out on my small trolley jack without hassle.
Tip for first timers. The pins holding the front of the leaf spring, once unbolted, needed be driven out with a punch. No problem. On the rear, after removing the nuts, some bashing with a hammer, and then some tapping with a bigger hammer, the pins refused to budge. Turns out they’re threaded into one side of the shackle bracket thing as well. That’s in the Haynes manual. Of course I only checked the instructions after my largest hammer failed to do the job.