Discovered the big nut is a lock nut, heat won’t helpThe ram is held on to the end plate with a 1 1/4" nut..with what I believe to be loctite..that MFer fought me all the way to the end to come off!! I wish I had a socket that size. I ended up using 2 pipe wrenches, one to hold the ram at the very base next to the plate, and the other to turn that damn big nut!!
To tame the red loctite just heat it with a hair dryer, or other safe source. It will turn to liquid and can then be easily removed.