Wrench Tip: Alternate Bushing Press
I figured this trick out some years ago helping my friend fix his old Fox Body Mustang. It was his first car and he had very few tools. So few tools, in fact, that when it came time to replace the bushings in his Panhard rod, he didn’t have a press OR a vice! Being in high school and only working part time, he didn’t have the money to buy one either, and even if he did, it was so late in the night that no tool stores were still open, so we had to get creative. Since I wasn’t writing then, I didn’t bother taking pictures. But recently while replacing a set of shocks, I was able to take pictures of this Wrench Tip so I could share it with all of you.
Obviously, this is a very, very, very last resort trick that 90% of people won’t need, because they have the right tools, but a handful of people will be able to use because they too are fixing their suspension at midnight and are high-school student broke (or just stuck somewhere and really, really need a bushing pressed into something). I should note that I’m pretty sure this only works on rubber bushings. Polyurethane is likely too stiff to work, and Delrin even more so. You’re welcome to try, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t work (and please don’t hurt yourself in the process!).
So there you have it, a last resort bushing press for when you’re broke, desperate, young, or some combination of the above.