Wht to do when you can't remove lower ball joints? (GTV6)
Having yet another nightmare on things not coming apart on my car. Patience and perseverance has worked so far, but I'm a bit stuck with the lower ball joints (which have been sprayed many times with WD to no avail).
Following the manual, place special tool under ball joint so puller can get some grip. After trying without special tool, I quickly saw that the puller just slipped off the edges of the control arm.
Conveniently, the old rear engine mount, from which I'd removed the inside to make a drift to insert the new engine mount, with just a fraction taken off of the inside on the lathe, fits snugly around the ball joints. There's my special tool.
Take 2: Put puller over special tool. Make sure everything is straight and the puller isn't going sideways. Try again. Ball joints still not pushing through, not budged a fraction, but now I have bent the studs sideways.
Erm... Now what?
I haven't done it yet in case somebody has a better idea, but all I can think is, hacksaw the now bent studs flush with the arm, put a potentially sacrificial small 1/4" socket over what's left and try again?
I joke that this is the one Italian car that bits don't fall off from, because everything is so darn rusted solid in place.... [look of hopelessness]
1975 Giulia GT1300 Junior, 1981 GTV6, some modern German stuff, and a 1958 Messerschmitt KR201.