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    How important is greasing leaf springs?

  • #2
    having the spring lubed prevents them from sticking and making noise. it also helps the mating leafs from cutting into one another. have heard reports that if your shocks are missing or bad un- lubed springs may help the car be more stable... a nice new lubed up spring with no shocks may feel more wishy washy.
    bottom line is they should have some sort of graphite or lube...

    maybe others can chime in
    3 ~ Tudor's
    Henry Ford said
    "It's all nuts and bolts"


    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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    • #3
      Is the only way to do this, to actually remove the spring and disassemble?

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      • #4
        I use a large tapered flat chisel to spread them... i have another one with a wider end that tapers ...
        remove the bolted on spring pack clip and let the axle hang by supporting it with the frame. This will take some tension off of the leafs
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        3 ~ Tudor's
        Henry Ford said
        "It's all nuts and bolts"


        Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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        • JB-OB
          JB-OB commented
          Editing a comment
          Question, are your springs factory Ford originals or modern replacements?

          Factory Ford spring steel was designed to be lubed while in use.

          Modern replacements manufactured by Eaton Spring, Detroit and 'A' Springs from CT. both recommend NOT to lube their modern spring steel.

      • #5
        in the service bulletins it shows the oiler hole in the hand crank bearing A-5461 for the front spring. Early on there was no hole which a hole could be drilled. it was standard later but i'm not sure when




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        3 ~ Tudor's
        Henry Ford said
        "It's all nuts and bolts"


        Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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        • #6
          While I had my front spring out for a bit of lowering, I placed copper slices between the ends of the springs. None of the springs needed surfacing. Works very nicely, but then, that is old school.
          You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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          • #7
            Originally posted by DaWizard View Post
            While I had my front spring out for a bit of lowering, I placed copper slices between the ends of the springs. None of the springs needed surfacing. Works very nicely, but then, that is old school.
            Please elaborate on the copper slices!
            size, thickness, etc

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            • #8
              Easy, since the spring was apart, I have this roll of about 20gauge X 1½ wide copper. So, cut some pieces about 2" long and with the spring laying on it's side before center bolt was attached, slipped the copper slices between the tips of the springs as center bolt was assembled.

              The copper strips will act as a medium to keep the spring tips separated and ease the motion. This has worked very well in years past. Also, if you wish to graphite or lube the leafs it separates them enough to easily get that lube in between the leafs.
              You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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