Sorry, I posted in the classifieds by mistake first......
What is the best way to move the shackles and at oil the lower cap?
Depending on your paint, etc, you can get a pry bar and stick it under the spring, and it will raise it high enough to get to the oiler. I don't know what that other bracket is for in the photo.
Other bracket? I think we're looking at the square end second leaf sitting on top of the main leaf. Looks a little odd due to the closeup view and camera angle.
I agree with Larry, you can probably pry the shackle over enough to get an oil can spout into the bottom oiler.
Jack the back of the car up taking the weight off the spring. It should expose the oiler.
John,that is a front spring....
This did the trick!
Just squirt a little oil at each end of the bushing and don't worry about the oiler.
What Ted said.
Mine don't have the flip oiler. Just a hole in the spring. When my springs were made, apparently the hole was drilled before the end was rolled because the hole is tapered and an oiler wouldn't stay in place.
The compact style of flip top oilers used on the 1918-27 springs isn't reproduced, so if you haven't got any good original oilers, you may have to leave the holes open for oil (and dirt..)
My choice was to use homemade delrin/teflon plastic bushings that doesn't need to be oiled.
When installing those oilers, be careful to install them in the proper direction so you can flip the cover on the oiler. I just did mine last week, and didn't have to jack or pry anything, but I did use NOS oilers, so maybe that's the reason.
Upon inspection of the original photo, that oiler was installed incorrectly.
Thanks Jack, I've got to go see my optometrist.