Are the Lang's shackle set, non-original style U-style go to go? Have picked up what was told were "nice original" ones that have at least over .045 taper wear on them. About ready to place an order, but wanted to make sure these (around $27 per set) will be OK for a 26 RPU. Thanks, Dave
There have been problems in the past with reproduction shackles, I don't know if the situation has improved or not.
You might try calling Lang's or some of the other suppliers like Chaffin's or Bob's to see if they have some NOS or good used ones.
I got some good used ones from Bob Bergstadt, I don't know if he has any left as nice as the ones I got.
I got a set of either little used or NOS front U type shackles when I was at Langs the other day. They were in buckets in the basement of their warehouse. Cheaper than the reproductions and look great. Now I want to install bronze bushings in the perches and springs ...
That was my failed shackle in the first thread above: http://www.mt.....9326 .
Lang's set; https://www.modeltford.com/item/3840BRE.aspx looks like the same but I can't be sure. I will say that the other 3 shackles are still in the car and working fine since that incident. I purchased Chaffin's better sets but have been too lazy to install them. I also replaced the failed one with an old worn out one that is working fine to.
For what it is Worth.
Those flat plate shackles are a bad deal. I had one let go in the same way on my Model A not long after I put it on the road. Fortunately nothing bad happened before I noticed it sitting lopsided.
I got excellent service out of these that were on Betsy when I bought her in 2013:
They showed virtually no wear when I removed them earlier this year and sold them to another forum member.
I opted to install the correct, NOS or nearly-new Ford U-shaped shackles that I got from Bob Bergstadt. I also installed the stock oilers, but instead of filling them with oil, I pump grease into them using my grease gun and a rubber-tipped grease needle:
I've been fortunate to be able to use NOS Ford script shackles. I have seen nice looking used ones at swap meets too. All you need to remember is to bring a micrometer when you go. I would never use grease in them. They were designed for oil. I oil mine before each tour, and have never had any kind of a problem.
To each his own, I grease mine and have also never had a problem.
Someone sent me a PM asking how I move the spring shackle up and in enough to get good access to the oiler, here's how I do it. Note the grease oozing out from both ends of the shackle:
If you use the lower cost ones; suggest adding a weld around where the pin is pressed into the plate and clean up the fluted area where it's pressed thru. The last ones I dealt with, the fluting interfered with the bushing in the spring/perch.