I drilled mine out on a Bridgeport miller. I forget what size drill I used.
Start with a small drill and open it up a little at a time if you don't have
a miller, so you don't hit any metal in the link that you are working on.
When you get close to the same dia. as the hole in the arm you should be
able to press out the ball.
Your right about the bottom visible diameter being larger than the shaft. I
didn't find it that hard to machine.
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Subject: [oletrucks] Tie rod and drag link ball replacement
> Can someone tell me what the recommended procedure is for the removal of
> original equipment forged on or peened tie rod and drag link balls? It is
> understanding that the bottom visible diameter is larger than the shaft
> comes through the member. This would indicate the need for drilling,
> or some operation to remove the larger diameter portion prior to removal.
> don't know if the material in these parts is tempered, casehardened, or
> Dave Handley 51 GMC 1/2 ton
> oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959
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