I've gotten as far as I can on the rear shocks until my shipment arrives with replacements; today I'm looking at how to replace my front shocks too. Has anyone found the front shock towers welded in place by a previous owner and tried to convert back to original? I assume the natural access for front shock absorber would be removing shock towers and extract through that top hole, but with shock towers welded solidly in place, is there a reasonable (safe) way to disassemble underneath to remove and replace? My thought was, although I'm not a fan of the welding, since it is already done and very structurally sound, maybe I should leave that intact and seek alternate access if that's possible. However if that is extremely complicated or unnecessarily risky then maybe the simpler answer is to revert the shock towers back to original bolted design. I've already got intact shock towers here on my '62 Ranchero (the donor that keeps on giving) and it seems to me that one option is to grind the welding down to approximate the original surface. If the original threads were covered over the top with welding material but not actually filled in, then it's probably quite feasible to clean out or tap back to the original threads. More likely those holes are very much filled in so I would have to measure out for replacing of the holes, drill out and tap new threads. Considering the excess punishment my "primitive road" gives to suspension on all my cars, there is a practical appeal to leaving the welds in place, because they look much stronger than going back to original design. And I could SAVE THE SHOCK TOWER (quoting from Back To The Future... kinda) for future repair. Has anyone replaced front shocks from underneath without removing the shock towers? How did that go? Would you do it again?