Does the wide end of the Mae West shackle go on the perch or the leaf spring?
Thank you in advance. Bob
Which ever way that the twist oiler is out on the bottom and at the top on the inward side - if that makes sense.
My logic says the large end at top in front. This allows the oiler to be on the high side in back for easier access. I'm not sure Ford would have had a standard for that and may have been random from car to car. Maybe some will have old photos to show how they were back in the day.
Not this way
Just the opposite, Richard - the reason the oiler inboard (towards the front of the car) would be at the top - to ease in access and physically not have to get under the car. Most close ups of early cars indicate that.
Large end goes in te spring. Perch oilers are on the rear side.
Ok, assuming the large end is down or on the spring, the operator side oiler is on the lower side and the farther side oiler is on the upper side. Front of the car would be depending on the front spring shackle or the rear spring shackle. I had not considered that the big end needed to be down. Good point.
I fudged a pair of Mae West shackles by building up the end of a figure 8 shackle. I had the fat end of both pieces on the spring, having built up the wrong end!!!!!!
Allan from down under.
The large end has nothing to do with it. The oilers go as Steve and Dan mentioned!
I have a different theory. The eye of the spring is larger than the end of the perch. To protect from dust, the big end of the shackle needs to go with the spring eye. Perhaps that is consistent with other explanations, I don't know.