Using poly-slide on your springs. what are you using for shackles? mine dont fit!! :-(

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2013: Using poly-slide on your springs. what are you using for shackles? mine dont fit!! :-(
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Nathan Bright on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 06:29 pm:

just finished cleaning, priming, painting my rear leaf springs and now the shackles will not fit because of the poly-slide between them!! If it wasnt for bad luck... id have none at all.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jack Daron - Brownsburg IN on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 07:18 pm:

2 blocks of wood and a C-clamp should compress the spring leaves enough to get the shackles on. I'd say you got carried away.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Nathan Bright on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 07:34 pm:

thats a good idea. thanks :-) ive been butting my head against the wall on this project all day and im running out of good ideas


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Gregush Portland Oregon on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 08:06 pm:

Poly slide, it that the plastic sheet stuff that you put between the leafs?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Nathan Bright on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 08:54 pm:

yup. just from initial reaction i think its good stuff.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jack Daron - Brownsburg IN on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 09:01 pm:

You'll like the ride.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 11:49 pm:

Another easy way to install the hangers is to loosen the nuts holding the rear perches, so the perches are where the hangers will reach them.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Allan Richard Bennett on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 06:20 am:

Nathan, do you mean the spring CLIPS which hold the spring leafs together? I can understand putting something between the leafs causing the spring pack to be too thick to take the clips.

The Shackles are the bits which attatch the spring to the rear axle. The other posters have given you ways to connect these.

Hope this helps.

Allan from down under.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Nathan Bright on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 12:05 pm:

yes, the clips. my mistake


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 02:24 pm:

If you can't clamp the spring tight enough to fit the clips, custom size clips should be easy to make, just a piece of strap steel, two bends, two holes and a thread. The bolt could be reused. I painted the leafs with a thick mix of graphite paint and had a hard time fitting the original clips with just paint (and grease) between them..

If the ride gets soft and bouncy, you may look at fitting Model A shocks since some of the usual friction dampening in the spring pack is lost..
Improving the Ford can give a better ride, but often also causes need for further modification :-) http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/179374/235482.html


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Nathan Bright on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 02:46 pm:

If i need to make the ride stiffer I will use the old race car method of wraping them with cord.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Joseph Geisler on Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 03:22 am:

Nathan, I was really confused for a minute until Roger straightened you out. He is 100% right you do have to make new ones. 3/16 X 3/4 inch flat bar (available anywhere) is what I use. I have not had the bouncing problem that he mentioned but I do not cruise long distances. I also usually used the thicker gauge (mil) industrial Visqueen and never bought any of the product that was mentioned here. But again we did this in the 70;s and early 80's. good T'ing!


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