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