Right now the only thing holding the LCA to the car is the lower shock bolt. I got the frame bolt out with little issue. The new arms include all new bushings minus the strut rod bushings, so I tried the torch method and all that accomplished was destroying the old bushing and leaving me with a bolt still stuck in a sleeve. I'm wanting to just cut the damn bolt and get it over with but I can't find a replacement.
I've pretty much decided to just use a jack to wheel it off to the side since it's a decent sized garage, and not even mess with the temporary solution... it seems like way too much of a pain now.
Oh and I've also decided not to listen to my friends that don't know these cars. I was stuck here after getting the nut off that bolt, and he told me to remove the bolt with a wrench... something tells me the sleeve over the bolt isn't threaded now that I really look at it and think about it.
Napa and advance has the replacement bolt you need, it is called AK-68, just ask for that part.
As usual your friends are dead wrong, it is definately not threaded, what happens is the bolt corrodes to the sleeve and for all intents and purposes is welded. It gets MUCH worse if they use salt on the road.
At this point cutting is your best bet, since you are replacing the arms.
I spent a whole day on one once...Some things you can try are:
-barbaric pounding on the nut end with a large sledge (take out all your frustration)
- wedging a very heavy duty screwdriver or long chisel between the bolt head and the strut body and pounding..
-finding the seam in the bushing (preferably on both ends), and wedging something in there, spray some PB or Kroil in the gap. Then you can pound...
-mild heating (but with the rubber bushing its not a good idea, also the heat seems to be absorbed by the rubber)
-If the bolt does budge outward in any way, tighten the nut with a 2' breaker bar as tight as you can make it. This will make the bolt stretch a bit and break some bonds. Maybe even try this first, do you care if you break the bolt???, NO!!
-even as the bolt gets loose, you are going to be fighting it until the end. An impact can help you here.
Whatever you do, Use a generous amount of anti-sieze on the entire bolt body when it goes back!! Do not skip this step.
An impact hammer could probably help with this job too.
Make sure the new shock bolt is tightened with the vehicle weight on the ground, because of that bushing!! Very important!