Can you give me some suggestions on methods to remove the top link bushings on my F40? They would not press out. They would not drive out. I heated the casting. I lubricated everything. Nothing worked. I finally fired up the flame wrench and removed material in the center. I was finally able to get them out. November 3, 2014.
Yes the bushings can be a real pain to get out. Here are a few ideas for the next time. Remember the bushings have a knurled end, which has a slightly larger diameter. The knurled end goes to the inside of the clevis as I recall therefore, the bushing must be pushed in to the center to remove them and installed from the inside of the clevis and pushed out to install them.
A way to make the tractor bushings easier to remove is to split them. You may be able to do this with a hack saw blade and handle or with a small grinder. When you cut through the wall of the bushing it will collapse and the outer diameter will decrease making it easier to remove.