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Posted by Rick McDowell on July 19, 2005 at 15:57:24:

In Reply to: Posted by on July 19, 2005 at 15:10:29:

Which front springs did you get, the 7 leaf or the 10 leaf springs? I got the stiffer 10 leaf springs for the front and was glad I did. I think after they loosen up a bit they will be just about right. I didn't get the 7 leaf because I think they would be too soft after a few years.

I had some trouble getting them installed. You have to get everything started just right before you tighten them up. On a few of them, after they were tightened all the way up, I couldn't get grease into the bushings. Seems when they are drawn all the way up, there is no clearance for the grease to go in. I am going to see if some wear will loosen them up enough to get them to accept grease. You might try filing a groove or two in the ends of the shackles so grease from the zerk can get past the ends.

Rick Mc
'47 2A

: Thanks Bert and Rocn'roll--

: I checked with Tampa Spring and they said they would take a look at it. I contacted Willy's Keiser and went ahead and purchased a new set of springs, hangers and schackles. Got it all for $400. Roc--you have a great memory! I want to try to keep it as original as possible and thought of an aftermarket set. I'll let you guys know how it turns out--

: Thanks

: Chris

: : Chris, try some of the big truck companys if you have any in the area. (Mack, Peterbuilt, etc.) The truckers deal more with spring rebuilders than common shops do if you want to go with the rebuilding route. I had good luck with Rancho springs but you probably don't want to go with the newer shackle design they have if I remember your project correctly.

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