Reversing the eyes on Leaf Spring

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2013: Reversing the eyes on Leaf Spring
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Alex Dragone on Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 08:27 pm:

How long would it take a spring shop to reverse the eyes on a rear leaf spring? I have a bottom leaf off of another spring that I was going to bring to them. Would they be able to do it with the leaf off of the spring? I will bring them the spring I want to use as well. Any thoughts on this? any suggestions would really help me out.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mack Cole ---- Earth on Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 08:32 pm:

I did my own last year I think it was.
A press,a magic marker,a tape measure and about a hour,and I was done.
Maby someone can link the thread up for ye to see.The search engine dont like me.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mack Cole ---- Earth on Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 08:40 pm:

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/179374/236546.html


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 09:39 pm:

Alex -- The spring shop can reverse the curve in the spring, rather than the eyes. It has the same result, and takes them a short time. The gentle curve of the leaf is much easier to deal with than the tight roll of the eyes.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ken Kopsky, Lytle TX on Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 09:46 pm:

Gentle curve? Of a rear leaf?

Front maybe, not the rear.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Alex Dragone on Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 10:53 pm:

My real question is, if I brought my leaf spring to a spring shop, would they be able to do it so I could go and pick it up in the same day? Im trying to figure wether it would be faster to buy a reversed eye leaf from Langs or just go to my local spring shop tomorrow (friday)? What is my best choice?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John P. Steele, Montana on Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 11:04 pm:

Call them and see how busy they are. I've had several sets of springs redone including having the eyes reversed, but I've always had to leave them for 3-4 weeks.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ken Kopsky, Lytle TX on Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 11:06 pm:

Call the prospective shop and ask. Every shop is different depending on work load and number of employees. Some shops even sublet jobs.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Friday, January 18, 2013 - 05:06 am:

You don't need a spring shop for that job - not even a press, just a big and sturdy vice and a piece of exhaust pipe that fits over the spring leaf for leverage.

I've reversed the front spring main leaf to get the eyes on the top side, gives 1" lowering, but reversing the eyes isn't necessary on a rear spring - you can lower it more than 1", perhaps like 3" just by re arching the main and some of the other leaves.
I overdid it by lowering about 4" in the rear - now there is only 1" left of spring travel until it bumps into the rear axle housing.. But moderate lowering like 2"-3" shouldn't be a problem with a big vice on a sturdy heavy workbench & a long wide pipe for leverage. Don't bend a leaf right over the center hole - I broke a front main leaf while trying to gently re arch over the center hole.
Now I'll have to modify more in the rear by moving the axle rearwards in this fashion:
rear mod


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ray Syverson on Friday, January 18, 2013 - 07:49 am:

I'll be surprised if you find a spring shop to reverse the eyes in a rear spring. A front spring would be easy because they just re-arch and don't mess with the eyes. Trying to re-arch a rear spring to it's correct shape would be a challenge that a spring shop would most probably take a pass on. But you can ask.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Friday, January 18, 2013 - 10:16 am:

Oops -- I missed the part about it being a rear spring. I was thinking front. Sorry about that. :-(


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John W. Oder - Houston, Texas on Friday, January 18, 2013 - 10:30 am:

My sole experience with an old time Houston spring shop was to have offered to me my pair of '30 Packard front springs with kinks in them and called with a straight face a re-arch job. This was after due effort up front of explaining just WHAT they were for.

They did them over

Be aware of business staffed by persons from other geographical places that think such crap work is normal.


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