1966 Ford Thunderbird front shock bushings

Asked by Sep 23, 2017 at 06:18 PM about the 1966 Ford Thunderbird

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I am replacing the front shocks on my 1966 Ford Thunderbird and have run
into a problem with one of the bushings. One bushing has 4 metal tabs that
you are supposed to fit through the hole in the guide plate and then bend
down to rest on the plate, locking the bushing into place. The problem is that
I can get these metal tabs to bend for the life of me. No amount of
hammering or vice grip prying seems to be working. The manual simply says
"pry the insulator (bushing) retaining tabs" with no hints as to how.  

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