leaf spring install chalanges?

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leaf spring install chalanges?

Post #1 by papawfalcon » Sat Apr 30, 2016 4:30 pm

After not working on my Ranchero for a while I discovered that the shock pates were installed on the wrong side.UGH! So I took the plates off and installed them on the right sides. So then installed the shocks. this was all good untill I had to raise the rearend to put the tires on.The rear shackles fliped foward. When I did this thirty years ago I reached in there with a bar and pulled them back. No that I thought about this I was afraid of damaging the rear frame. Is there a proper way to do this? I hope I don t have to take all apart again.Thanks for any help.
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Re: leaf spring install chalanges?

Post #2 by bubba22349 » Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:35 pm

:hmmm: It shouldn't hurt them or the frame using a bar to flip them back. The only other way is to unbolt and remove them and reinstall correctly. Lastly keeping a jack stand on one side or a pair of them under the rear axle helps so that it doesn't drop down too far and will keep that form happening too. Good luck :nod:
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Re: leaf spring install chalanges?

Post #3 by papawfalcon » Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:52 pm

The springs were ok till I jackedup the rearend to get the rearend high enough to get the tire on.
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Re: leaf spring install chalanges?

Post #4 by bubba22349 » Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:04 pm

After you get the tires bolted on then lower the car so the tire is on the ground and the spring is not yet fully weight loaded IE they are just starting (to de-arch some) then flip the shackles. That way you are not fighting against gravity with all the weight of the axle, springs, and tires when flipping the shackles. Good luck :nod:
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I am still hunting for a project car to build but with my current low budget it's not looking so good. My Ex- Fleet of Sixes these are all long gone! :bang: 1954 Customline 223 3 speed with O/D, 1963 Fairlane project drag car with BB6, 1977 Maverick 250 with C4, 1994 F-150 a 300 with 5 speed.

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Re: leaf spring install chalanges?

Post #5 by OpelGT+3point3 » Fri May 27, 2016 1:31 pm

Too long of a shock will allow that to happen. Make sure your shocks have a long enough compressed length of they'll bottom out. I think you have the wrong shocks.

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