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    My buddy and I decided to take both the front and rear springs out from under my coupe, as it acted a little stiff and had a slight lean. We removed the front spring first and found it kinda rusty. We took it completely apart and I wire brushed all the rust off each leaf. We then greased about the first 4 inches of the leaves and put er back together. We next removed the rear spring and discovered to my surprise, that under the dust and dirt there was a new spring pack. No rust or any signs of wear at all. Well since we already had it out we decided to lay it on its side and soak it down with ATF, both sides. With everything now back together, BOY what a difference. The ol coupe just sort of floats down the road and now sits up nice and straight. Not something I would want to do on a regular basis but it was well worth the effort.

  • #2
    Yikes that was a lot of work!


    • #3
      Standing Elk,That is what I did when restoring my 30 Tudor.What I do every spring to keep that smooth ride is wedge apart the springs with a screwdriver and squirt dry graphite between the leaves and then install leaf spring covers. People are amazed at the ride this old car has.

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      • #4
        For LAFFS, look at MAFCAs Picture of the Week, at the bottom of the Home Page. It looks like Ford built the cars on a LEANING assembly line, no wonder some LEAN!!!----AND, how are they going to kjust the headlights, with that leaning ADJUSTMENT GOODY????
        AND folks think I'm NUTS,, not even!!!---I'm the SANEST person I ever TALK to!
        KDad (With my NEW VFF hat!!)


        • #5
          I grease the bottom of each leaf, then sprinkle powdered graphite on the grease, bolt the pack together, then use spring covers on them. And, as you say it gives a very smooth ride. My 29 Tudor rode like a lumber wagon when I bought it, and just squirting oil on the springs made a big difference.


          • Greynomad
            Greynomad commented
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            Grease and graphite - exactly what I do unless I'm intending to show the car. Then, I add graphite to the primer after having the leaves blasted. Re assemble and paint the pack black. No one is any the wiser except me in my silky smooth ride.

        • #6
          FWIW: From actual past leaf spring experiences:

          If one has original or later replaced Model A springs from a well used Model A that traveled on non-paved roads that were adorned with lots of grinding type sharp, silica sand, the sharp edges of the steel bottoms of the upper front and rear spring leaves usually wear about 3/32" or about 1/10" deep recesses in the tops of the immediately adjacent lower spring steel leaf leaves.

          At the ends of these worn spring leaf areas in the tops of the lower front and rear spring leaves, one can easily find and feel a sharp 90 degree steel edge.

          When springs are flexing on a bouncy, non-smooth paved road, these sharp 90 degree edges in the bottoms of the top leaves usually abut the sharp 90 degree edges in the worn tops of the adjacent lower leaves.

          Many former Model A articles address rectifying this very common condition when restoring well worn spring leaves, to ease, round out, and grind the 90 degree sharp edges off of the bottoms of the top leaves and also grind the sharp edges on the tops of the bottom leaves to avoid worn Model A spring leaves acting like stopping abruptly when flexing ..... like running into a solid brick wall.

          Never a bad idea to ease bottoms of new Model A leaf springs either; hence, prevent this exact same type of future leaf spring wear.

          After this grinding and easing of sharp edges is accomplished, and after any type of grease, oil, or graphite lubrication, your Model A will think it is rolling on clouds.

          Hope this helps to maybe prevent your wife from spilling hot coffee on her lap again .... and/or messing up her hairdo .... or smashing her hat after contacting the chicken wire reinforced Model A top.
          Last edited by H. L. Chauvin; 04-21-2018, 11:44 AM.


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