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    Question removing con rod from crankshaft

    well, got two pistons off relatively easy. im shocked at how well this car ran considering the shape of the pistons taken out so far (see pic). question: is there a trick in removing the con rod from the crank? just cant seem to get the last two off. bolts and lock tabs came off easily.... but cant spread the clamps apart to remove. any suggestions?
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    Re: removing con rod from crankshaft

    I have a ginormous pair of Channell Lock pliers (24") and grab the offending part and rock it side to side ever so gently.
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    Re: removing con rod from crankshaft

    ha! channel locks! i didnt even think of that. perfect.... thanks so much! i LOVE this forum!

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    Re: removing con rod from crankshaft

    I stick the bolts into the cap about 1/2" then squeeze them together with my hand and wiggle back and forth the long way.

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    Re: removing con rod from crankshaft

    Quote Originally Posted by kellysguy View Post
    I stick the bolts into the cap about 1/2" then squeeze them together with my hand and wiggle back and forth the long way.
    Me too.

    If they are really stubborn, thread the bolts into the rod part way, hold the cap up against the crank, and tap on the bolt heads with a soft (eg brass or lead) hammer.
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