Thanks guys. Keep the ideas coming. I don't beat on it. It was a case of perfect angle and pressure. Popped right out. I'm in the process now of gathering up all the required tools. I just bought a 10ton Lincoln air/hydraulic jack and a couple 7 ton Hein-Werner jack stands. This is a first for me and I'm actually looking forward to the task. While I'm in there I plan on freeing up the front axle zerk and repacking it and giving the whole side a good cleaning.
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