So as I posted a few months ago, I purchased an LGT16D. Overall it is in good shape, but needed some TLC in certain places.
The first place I started was tires. They seemed original, were dry rotted, and all 4 leaked. The rears were not that big of a deal. Bought some 6 ply's and had them mounted. Done deal.
The fronts... oh man, the fronts have been a living nightmare. The first one did not want to come off (rust in the spindle), but I was finally able to convince it. However, it has a lot of rust around the valve stem on the rim. A lot. So I set it aside and worked on the next one. I cannot get it off the spindle! I assume more rust, but its much worse!
I have beat it with a soft mallet, pulled, yanked, screamed, yelled... Then I upped the ante. Didn't want to use open flame with the all the grease in the area, but put a high end heat gun to the hub until the bearings were starting to smoke. Still won't budge. Finally, I pulled the valve stem and broke the outside bead of the tire while it was all mounted. Then I put a big set of gear pullers on it attached to the rim. It still would not budge! I tightened the pullers until the rims were warping and beat the back side of the rims with a mallet. Still not go! So tightened up the gear puller more (with an pneumatic impact!!) and put a spud bar against the back of the rim, coming through the other side, and hit it with a sledge hammer. I've been doing this all night and it's only moved 1/4"!!
One, any suggestions for getting this POS rim off the spindle?
Two, I may have or will end up having ruining the rim, plus the one that came off had a lot of rust around the valve stem. I looked up the part number for new front rims (SBA450140440). But I can't find them ANYWHERE! Does rims from anything else fit? I assume LGT14D, but its the same part number. What about other LGT models or even non Ford/Holland rims?
Thanks in advance.