What do you do when the holes in the front springs that accept the smaller flip top oilers are out of round and you can not tap them into place or insert them with a tool?
I am not sure why the holes would become non-round???
Those oiler holes in the spring leaf were punched, and some exhibit a bit of taper too, so looks out of round. They weren't drilled to dimensional spec.
The issue today is the replacement oilers are a bit larger in the O.D. to place nicely into the old leaf holes. Just the way it is.
To do the best job, mike the O.D. of the oiler base, then drill with a bit sized a tiny bit under. That will do the best to place them.
Should I be concerned about getting metal shavings in the oil?
Here's what I'm dealing with (see photos).
I wouldn't be too worried about it. You can cram a plug of grease in the hole and into the flutes of the drill bit to catch and hold any metal shavings.
Looks like you have some kind of accessory front shock setup on your car, can you take a picture of your car from the front so that we can see the whole front axle?
I've never had that problem, but I use genuine Ford oilers that I find at swap meets! Bob's still has a ton of the big oilers, but haven't seen the small ones lately.
Here ya go.
Also, use a drift punch that fits inside the largest portion of the oiler, and drive it in with a hammer.
I believe that the accessory front shocks you have are called "pancake hasslers".
I just put oil in the hole. It is not like the cup really holds the oil it just run down into the bushings and as far as git is concerned, it going to get in any way at the ends.
So when you put them in do you tap the top (lid?) with a hammer or do you open the lid and stick a large punch that fits just before the tapered end and put them in that way?
Open the lid first, otherwise the lid just gets pounded into a cup shape.