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1957 3100 Suspension #1297594 Tue Feb 05 2019 12:19 AM
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Cozsum Offline OP
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Hi,

Im looking to rejuvenate my suspension on my Chevy truck. Im planning on using my existing leaf springs, but would need shackle, etc. Any recommendation on what I should change or which is the best vendor for quality US parts.

Thanks,

Re: 1957 3100 Suspension [Re: Cozsum] #1298097 Fri Feb 08 2019 10:44 PM
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Cozsum Offline OP
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Has anyone had to rebuild their suspension?

Re: 1957 3100 Suspension [Re: Cozsum] #1298109 Sat Feb 09 2019 12:55 AM
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Wow, nobody has replied, sorry for that.
In my opinion many people swap out their leaf springs in their 1/2 tons for no reason, They may see it sagging one side or another usually caused from worn shackles and hardware. I just recently went through my entire truck's suspension and disassembled the springs to clean and paint them, they are just fine.
Bought some stuff from these guys and really like them alot.:

https://www.classicparts.com/Chassis/products/143/

Also like the Filling Station:

https://www.fillingstation.com/


1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
Re: 1957 3100 Suspension [Re: Cozsum] #1298155 Sat Feb 09 2019 05:35 AM
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Cozsum Offline OP
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Thank you so much! Did you sandblast your springs before painting them? Which vendor did you like better, how come you used both, did one have other parts over the other?

Re: 1957 3100 Suspension [Re: Cozsum] #1299608 Tue Feb 19 2019 02:56 AM
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When I got my truck, an inspection showed that one of the front shackles was broken and not holding the spring straight. So I replaced all the shackles and pivot points on both ends of the springs. Some of the ones that looked good were pretty worn once I got them apart. I left the springs alone, they seem okay, I know some people put a sheet product (cannot remember the name off hand) between the leafs when they go back together to help them slide across each other. Maybe something to look into.

Good luck.

Lee


1956 Chevy 3200
Re: 1957 3100 Suspension [Re: Cozsum] #1299615 Tue Feb 19 2019 05:13 AM
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Teflon can be bought in bulk sheets on Ebay and cut to make sliders between the spring leaves.
Jerry


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Re: 1957 3100 Suspension [Re: Cozsum] #1299979 Thu Feb 21 2019 05:52 AM
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Cozsum Offline OP
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Thanks, does the teflon help a lot? Is it easy to take the springs apart and reassembe? What vendor did you get the shackles from?

Thanks!

Re: 1957 3100 Suspension [Re: Cozsum] #1317390 Thu Jul 11 2019 06:40 PM
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I am planning to replace the rear springs on my 57 3100, what hardware is ok to reuse? I plan to get new u-bolts as I understand they stretch, but how do I determine if I need to replace shackles and associated hardware? Thanks!

Re: 1957 3100 Suspension [Re: Cozsum] #1317520 Fri Jul 12 2019 08:02 PM
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If there is any looseness to amount to anything the shackels & pins & bushings will need replaced. Use 58-59 shackle kits. They have nuts on the end of the pins. Much better then the earlier ones. Unless you want complete originality.
George


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