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Leaf springs
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wjames
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While inspecting my 36 120 Cov/coupe for the upcoming Packard Nationals, I found a broken rear leaf spring and I want to replace it before I make the trip to Va. I am thinking I will try all the local truck shops first.
[b]Does any one have a lead on some where that has quality leaf spring for my car? This car is a driver (not a museum [/b]display), I put an average of 1500 mile on it a year, might be more this year

Thanks Will

Posted on: 5/29 12:31
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Re: Leaf springs
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Bob J
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I agree with your idea. I have had a local shop replace a number of different leaves in a few different cars. If you take the broken leaf in you can have one cut to match.
To open the set of springs remove the differential. Place a clamp on both sides of the centre bolt. With the clamps in place undo and remove the centre bolt. Replace the centre bolt with a long threaded rod (I use about a 12" long one). Tighten the threaded rod with a nut and washer on both ends leaving a long end of the rod to the top or bottom, whichever you have the most room. Remove the two clamps then unwind the nut on the long end of the threaded rod until all leaves open and all spring load is gone. Keep the leaves in order and get the broken one replaced. While they are undone clean all the other leaf surfaces and repaint. Then spray both sides with graphite spray to allow smooth action after reassembly. The assembly is the reverse of the above (stack springs, insert threaded rod, tighten threaded rod, clamp both sides of the rod, remove rod, add and tighten centre bolt, remove clamps) allowing you to reuse the centre bolt. The U bolts on the differential carry the load of the springs so the old bolt will not be over loaded/stressed through its life unless it has been corroded. If so replace it with at least a grade 5 bolt, better yet a grade 8.

Posted on: 5/29 13:26
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Re: Leaf springs
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bear
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Try spring Specialty co. in Norfolk, Va.

Posted on: 5/29 13:46
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Re: Leaf springs
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wjames
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Thanks for the reassurance, that was the plan, we will see how that works out
Can't find Specialty co. in Norfolk, Va.
there is a Specialty Coating, got a number?
Thanks again W

Posted on: 5/29 15:07
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Re: Leaf springs
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blue40devil
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Maybe this one would work.

https://springmenders.com/

Posted on: 5/29 15:23
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Re: Leaf springs
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Posted on: 5/31 10:33
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