I am redoing my front spring. I assume the front spring pad is a piece of leather. Is there any reason why I cannot just take an old thick leather belt and cut a piece to fit on top of the spring? Isn't that how Steve Jelf would do it?
Nope. Seeing that the dealers offer both the original leather type and also a rubber version, he'd make one from a piece of old tire.
Here's the drawing:
As shown by Steve the pad needed to be thicker on the ends then the middle. I did similar to Steve and made one out of some heavy rubber belting.
The later pads were made of top material, with a 1 1/2" square pad riveted to each end. The early ones are all leather, but still have the square pads riveted to each end. I wish the new center bolts for the springs had a thicker head on them like the Ford ones did. I personally like to use a leather pad on all years.