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Old 10-17-2013, 03:03 PM
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Help on Rear Springs & Shackels

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I bought a set of 3" rear springs & shackle kit for my 52 F-1.
When I go to bolt up the rear of the spring with the shackle the shackle bolt is not long enough to attach to the original inside mount.
There is nothing to support the inside of the upper shackle bolt.






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Old 10-17-2013, 03:43 PM
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Got the answer to Speedway Motors.
They do not have a shackle to fit the 52 F-1 you are supposed to use the original cast shackle.
Sorry for the thread.
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What springs is that? Posies?
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I believe Posies' is correct.
Speedway was not supposed to send me these 2" shackles.
I had about decided to use the original cast shackles anyway.
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Can one of you tell me the secret to getting the shackle pins out of the front mounts for the rear springs? I'm mystified!
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Make yourself a simple puller. Stu

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Hi Stu, I got impatient this evening and simply ground off the four rivets on the outside and used a little wedge to pursuade the mounts off the frame. I had considered using the puller technique, but didn't have the proper sized bolt around and seeing as how I live 12ish miles from town I wasn't making the drive. When I go to remount these, I'll be sure to use grade 8 bolts! I looked at the pins compared to the pins show I that thread you gave me the link for and mine look like new compared to those. After taking the steering linkage apart and not seeing ANY wear there, I'm about half convinced that the mileage showing on the speedometer is actual mileage (27,400 miles) I know for a fact the PO owned the truck from 1965 until last August and he never took it off his 50 acre horse ranch. Thanks again for the idea about the puller!
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There is a hole on the inside of the frame, the pins can be driven out with a long pin punch.
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Aussie, the hole for the front pin is blocked by a brace for the cross member, so no hole . I've heard where some guys get under and drill a hole in the brace to gain access, but my way worked.
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There is a hole on the inside of the frame, the pins can be driven out with a long pin punch.
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Aussie, the hole for the front pin is blocked by a brace for the cross member, so no hole . I've heard where some guys get under and drill a hole in the brace to gain access, but my way worked.
Ford basically "forgot" to drill an access hole in that crossmember so that pin could be driven out. They corrected the oversight in later models. For future reference, you can take about a 3/4 to 1 inch hole saw and cut your own access hole in a matter of seconds.
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Ford basically "forgot" to drill an access hole in that crossmember so that pin could be driven out. They corrected the oversight in later models. For future reference, you can take about a 3/4 to 1 inch hole saw and cut your own access hole in a matter of seconds.
Or did Ford provide dealers a shop tool, as did Dodge, to pull the pins without the drama of swinging a hammer under a customer's vehicle? IMHO it makes no sense to drive the pins out when it's so simple to pull them. Besides, Henry was all about saving time on a job which the puller accomplishes. Stu
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Or did Ford provide dealers a shop tool, as did Dodge, to pull the pins without the drama of swinging a hammer under a customer's vehicle? IMHO it makes no sense to drive the pins out when it's so simple to pull them. Besides, Henry was all about saving time on a job which the puller accomplishes. Stu
Good point. Wouldn't you like to have a time machine, travel back to a Ford garage from 60 years ago, and steal one of their toolboxes containing all those specialty tools we see in the manuals, among many other things......
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