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Technical Fitting ModelA rear spring-Help needed

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by swifty, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. swifty
    Joined: Dec 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,559


    Have a Model A rear cross member and spring in my 32 chassis and working on my own it is virtually impossible to assemble it to the shackles and wishbones. The only spring spreader I have ever seen was fine for springs as Henry built them but no good for ones with reversed eyes. As I will have the chassis apart a couple of times I thought of building a spreader for the job. Before I do that does anyone have a simple solution to my problem or a design of a spreader to suit.
    Thanks in advance
  2. Pete1
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 1,650

    from Wa.

    Either on here or Fordbarn quite awhile ago there were pics of the small U shaped clips that would enable you to use a standard spring spreader with a reversed eye spring.
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  3. Dirty Dug
    Joined: Jan 11, 2003
    Posts: 3,559

    Dirty Dug

    Install just the main leaf then stack the others on a long piece of all-thread with a nut welded on one end. Tighten the all-thread with an impact gun. Then clamp the spring together and remove the all-thread. Install the spring center bolt and you're done.
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  4. This works for me on stock and reversed eye springs. Spring Spreader 005 (Medium).jpg Spring Spreader 022 (Medium).jpg
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  5. irishsteve
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 350


    Dirty Dug is right.Only thing I do different is I use a extra long spring center bolt from Dorman,and thread it down farther.Once I tighten it up im done.Cut the extra off.No undoing,or clamping.
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  6. swifty
    Joined: Dec 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,559


    Thanks everyone for the replies. HemiDeuce wins the competition with his fancy spreader bar which has been designed to even suit QC applications, something which I hadn't considered and need to. Being a miserable old fart and not having a bolt shop handy I'll go with Dirty Dug's idea this time and maybe irishsteve's for the finally painted spring. Thanks again.
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  7. 28dreyer
    Joined: Jan 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,103

    from Minnesota

    I used to bolt up one shackle, put a short piece of 2X4 on top the opposite side axle tube with a spread of grease on it and rest the other spring eye on it. With the spring clamped in the cross member, a long 2X4 on edge with one end roped around the torque tube, pushing down on the opposite end spreads the loose eye to the shackle.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2019
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  8. I did the same as Dirty Dug and IrishSteve.
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