The new spring clamps have a small projection in the center. Is this projection the only part that rides against the spring leaf? The old ones didn't have this. Picture posted.
How many leaves is the clamp supposed to hold, I am thinking 4?
Does the bolt go across the top or bottom of the leaves?
Usually there are holes in one of the leaves where the folded piece goes to fix the clamps sideways on the spring. If not fixed, they'll move and end up out by the spring ends. The bolts goes across the bottom of the spring.
I don't have a leaf with a hole in it. I can drill one or is that spring steel too hard?
Hmm, you should have one leaf with the holes in it, or with curled ends that the bolt went through--in that case, the U part has no projection. What year is your car? maybe you are missing a leaf??
It is a touring, Engine is 1919 non starter. I don't know if suspension is same year as the engine. Actually there is one leaf with curled ends, similar to the bottom one but a lot smaller curl. Should the clamp bolt go through this? If so, the bolt would have to be on the top. I am guilty of not taking a picture before I took it apart about a year ago
Here is a pic (found elsewhere on the forum) of a spring pack with clamp where the clamp bolt goes through the curled end of one spring.
Typical later 'clip leaf' spring, that is leaf with nipped off sides, uses that kind of clamp, the little tab fits to a hole in the leaf that holds the clamp.
The earlier 'taper leaf' springs, that is leaf is beveled almost flat, feature a leaf with a small rolled end, that holds the clamp in reverse, bolt up.
If you have a curl leaf spring, you'll have to grind off the tabs on the clamps - then they'll hopefully fit with the bolts through the curls
Now I know what to do. Thanks to everyone for all your help and interest. The people on this forum are always ready to share their knowledge with newbies like me.