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Technical Trailer springs on a front axle?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 53 hemi, Jan 1, 2021.

  1. 53 hemi
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
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    It's time to sort out the front leaf springs on my '33 Plymouth. I think they may be originals, and are sagging a bit. I've also put a heavier engine in.

    I'm not finding off the shelf stock replacements. The springs are 1.75" wide.

    I'm considering buying a set of trailer springs and basically combining leafs from my originals and the trailer springs to make useable packs.

    I just had Eaton build me a pair of custom leaf spring packs for the rear and I'm very happy with them, but don't really want to spend that kind of money again...

    Thoughts?

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  2. 34Phil
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  3. Rickybop
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    Local spring service shop?
     
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  4. Budget36
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    I’d think it depends on what they came from, unless you know their rate?
    I’ve seen short narrow springs under trailers that would probably shake you to death.
     
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  5. oldiron 440
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    I've seen trailer springs bend all to hell under hard breaking and stay bent afterwards.
     
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  6. I might have a 33 spring if ya wanted to add some leafs.
    It’s a slow process but the individual springs could be hammered with some more arch added.
     
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  7. Why not just re-arch?
     
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  8. Speedway has 1 3/4" springs in different lengths.
     
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  9. egads
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  10. COCONUTS
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    I have replaced the front springs on my 33 Plymouth with ones I had manufacture at a small truck spring place. They gave the exact size that was on the original spring. The only issue I had was that I did not have enough arch in the first set, took them back and they re-arch them. This place was located in Portland, Maine.
     
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  11. If your main leaf is good, not cracked or broken. No reason in the world to not use whatever leaves you got. If sagging is a problem you can add some arch too.
     
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  12. 5window
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    True, but very few people have ever been disappointed when buying the best.
     
  13. Personally, I would not use trailer springs except on a trailer. Lot of other options out there...
    I used 2 new(speedway) model A/32 style springs on the front of my sedan. What length do you need? There are a bunch of ready made springs out there...
     
  14. The guy wants to get by on the cheap. No one is better at being a cheap bastard than me. :D
     
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  15. Have you checked Posie's, They may be able to hook you up with the proper spring.
     
  16. flynbrian48
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    If you had your own TV show on Discovery you could use trailer springs ...
     
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  17. 5window
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    I will readily concede that point! :)
     
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  18. mr.chevrolet
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    It's not about being cheap, it's about "Being Thrifty"
     
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  19. LOL my dad always called me a cheap bastard, my graddad always said I was thrifty. :D
     

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