I spent a day with Dan Hatch putting a new rear end on my 25 roadster so I could add wire wheels. We replaced the spring bushings while we were at it...
right tool for the right job...
Wish more of those Stevens tools would come up for sale more often.
They are wonderful to use for those special T jobs.
I wish that they'd make the repro spring bushings as good a quality as the originals.
They do make repro spring bushings as good as the originals, as long as you use brass! I put brass in my '25. Why would anyone want to put wear on a NOS set of shackles?
What year did Ford switch from brass to steel bushings?
Bruce said beginning in late '14, but I think it was actually late in '15. Don't know for sure, but will defer to Bruce until I can check it at the Archives in a few weeks.
My unrestored '17 roadster had bronze/brass in the spring eyelets. The springs are not drilled for oilers but the car has figure-eight shackles with steel oilers.
The bushings in the front perches were steel. Don't know what was in the original rear perches as the car had Hasslers when I purchased it.