I am in the process of replacing the badly warned (front and rear) leaf spring bushings on my 1949 F6, and would like to know if there is anything in particular that I need to lookout for. The tires are all removed, so I have uninterrupted access. Does this process require a skilled person.
Whilst I am doing this, I would also like to remove the springs and have them sandblasted for a new paint job, maybe powdercoated.
The bushings are pretty easy. I used a socket and hammer to tap the old ones out. Used my vise to push the new ones in. Depending on the bushings, you may need to run a reamer through them to get them to the correct size. The last set I bought fit perfect, but the set before were slightly to small. there has been some discussion about to paint or not to paint the springs. the paint will keep the springs from sliding like they should. You could use spring liners, then painting or powder coating should not be a problem.
I used a big G clamp to press the new bushes in, I found it easier than trying to get the spring to the vise. Mine all needed at least some reaming to make a nice snug fit on the pins, pressing the bushed in deforms them slightly. Grease them before putting the weight back on the wheels, the grease will circulate all around the pin much easier.
I'd use a wire brush on a grinder to clean the springs up, sandblasting will leave a pitted finish that might effect the springs ability to slide.
I'd use a wire brush on a grinder to clean the springs up...
That is what I did and it worked great.
Just remember to wear at least a dust mask because you don't want to breath all that rust-dust.
Also, the individual leaves will probably show some wear from where they rode against each other all those years. I recommend using a grinder to smooth the ends, which will make them slide against each other easier.
On my '56 F100, I was told not to paint the spring surface where there is contact. I took the brackets and bushing to a spring shop. They worked like hell to machine the bushing to fit right. I'm glad I didn't try it myself.