I had to remove the rear spring assembly to replace the tie bolt.Deses anybody have an easy way to reinstall the spring back into the peaches and get the shackle bolts back in again?
Place a piece of scrap 2X4 under the spring, as Ford says in the book.
Then weight down the back of the car until the shackles line up with the spring holes. That is same thing the wife can help with and not get greasy, just have a seat.
You can remove the rear wheels, loosen the perches so the shackles will both reach the spring (but leave the nuts on), install the spring, and retighten the perch nuts. Done, easy as pie.
I agree with Dale. Your wife is your best friend during this job. I couldn't imagine doing it without her.
I use Jeff's method. Makes it into a reasonably easy one man job
I just put my rear axle in and did it a little different. I put one side in first then set the axle on a jack stand. I put a floor jack under the spring eye and jacked the spring up to the perch until the shackle went in. The round disc of the jack reaches over the top of the axle and catches the spring real good. PK
I have always used Steve's method. My late Dad taught me this trick years ago. It makes the job ridiculously easy... and safe. No clamps, stretcher or blocks, and one person can do the job.
I've never had to weigh down the car using Royce's, (and Ford's), method. The weight of the car itself has always been enough.
In addition, you can loosen the perches some, and that will allow them to come in closer to the spring, not only that it will align the perch to the spring.
The other option is to use the correct tool for the job. No added weight needed, no need to remove the wheels.
A spring spreader:
I recently used a spring spreader to re-install the rear spring on my Model A which is much stronger than a T spring. It went rather easily and took very little time.
But Jim, Your picture shows the wheels off! So really there was no need to use the "correct tool" here.
By loosening the perches, there would be no need to mess with the spring at all, and alignment of the shackles is a slam dunk.
I guess there is more than one way to safely attach the rear end to the springs, especially if you don't have a correct tool.
Ditto what John said. Easy peasy. ;o)