I am currently tearing down my '73 and the rear leaf springs and axle have been removed as a one piece assembly. I have all the bolts removed and now I just need to somehow separate the leaf springs from the axle. They are very tight and looks like the rubber bushing is all that is holding them in and I am having trouble getting them apart. I don't want to use a sledge hammer in fear of breaking the leafs, I want to keep them in tacked to use for a roller when I get that far. Any suggestions on how to get them apart, thanks.