Working on old springs…

When it comes to restoring a vehicle, there are three phases a person goes through to get it done.  One is the teardown, where all the old parts must be pulled off and apart.  This consist of many hours of taking old things apart that most of the time don’t want to come apart.  Some, it seems, are even melded together after 45-50 years!  Second, you have to clean it all up, restore broken parts, find a few missing parts and paint or chrome or polish everything.  Third you get to put back together all those nicely restored parts.  This is my favorite phase of any restoration.  Today I’ve been working on leaf springs that belong to my 1967 F100 Pickup project.  After removing the spring packs from the truck, and disassembling them, I needed to press out the very worn bushing in the eyelets of the main springs.  The shackles also have a bushing that needs replacing.  I used some sockets that were just the right size and pressed them out with my shop press.

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These things were nasty…

 

 

 

 

I don’t think the bushings in the shackles had ever been replaced in 49 years!  They were very hard to get out.

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Spring laid out to sand blast
Spring laid out to sand blast

I sandblasted them and went through about 200 lbs of blasting media.

All dolled up...
All dolled up…

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Once sandblasted, I was ready to thoroughly clean them.  For the use of my paint of choice, POR 15, I have to first degrease them completely

Degreasing
Degreasing

Between each prep phase, they must be dried well… My tool of choice for that… the leaf blower

After degreasing, I then needed to etch them and stop any microscopic rust.  I used Metal Prep by the folks at POR 15.

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Once dried and brought up to about 65 deg. in the shop I started the job of painting them.  More on the next post.  Take care guys!

 

 

2 thoughts on “Working on old springs…”

  1. Working on a 68 f100 , replacing the rear end , I saw you picked a explorer 8.8 , but when I measure the bed it’s real close , not sure it fits, looks like you need to stay with a skinny tire, the under side of my bed is 49.25″

    1. You are right it is very tight if you don’t do anything else. I’m going to either use 2″ spacers and normal wheels and tires (which I have now and it looks fine) or I’m going to order deep offset wheels. They have some out there that are already set up with a deep offset so that the 8.8 from the Explorer will fit. Google around and look on Facebook. Try Fix’em Your Way 67-72 F100 on Facebook and also go to Fordification.com online. These forums can answer a ton of question you may have on the exact measurements. thanks, Clay

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