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New Leaf Springs #1312210 Tue May 28 2019 04:13 PM
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Buckkoo Offline OP
New Guy
Does anyone make replacement leaf springs for 1 tons?

I'm working on a 1950 GMC F250


1950 GMC 250 Pickup
1965 Mustang Convertible
1972 K5 Blazer
1973 Buick Centurion 455 Convertible
Re: New Leaf Springs [Re: Buckkoo] #1312216 Tue May 28 2019 05:03 PM
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Elderly Iron Offline
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St Louis Spring. Good quality. Good prices. Canadian steel.

Re: New Leaf Springs [Re: Buckkoo] #1312229 Tue May 28 2019 06:07 PM
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Grigg Offline
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About 16 years ago I bought new springs from Eaton Detroit Spring for my 1 ton.
https://www.eatondetroitspring.com/
They did a fine job, reasonable price, and had all the related pins, bushings and U-bolts available too.


1951 GMC 250 in the Project Journals
1948 Chevrolet 6400 - Detroit Diesel 4-53T - Roadranger 10 speed overdrive - 4 wheel disc brakes
1952 Chevrolet 3800 pickup
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"First, get a clear notion of what you desire to accomplish, and then in all probability you will succeed in doing it..." -Henry Maudslay-
Re: New Leaf Springs [Re: Buckkoo] #1312318 Wed May 29 2019 02:00 PM
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Buckkoo Offline OP
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Thanks


1950 GMC 250 Pickup
1965 Mustang Convertible
1972 K5 Blazer
1973 Buick Centurion 455 Convertible
Re: New Leaf Springs [Re: Buckkoo] #1319963 Wed Jul 31 2019 02:45 PM
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Buckkoo Offline OP
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So I got my new leaf springs and U-bolts from St Louis Spring, whom I highly recommend. Best price and quick turnaround.

Now that the temperature here in North Carolina has dropped below 95 degrees, I've started trying to remove the leaf spring pins that have been in place for 70 years.

Guess what? They do not want to come out!

I've tried heating them with a propane torch and twisting the end of the pin with vise grips to no avail.

Has anyone managed to get these out? What's the best way?

The 9ft bed is currently on the truck so access is somewhat limited, making the task even more of a challenge.


1950 GMC 250 Pickup
1965 Mustang Convertible
1972 K5 Blazer
1973 Buick Centurion 455 Convertible
Re: New Leaf Springs [Re: Buckkoo] #1320002 Thu Aug 01 2019 02:25 AM
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Master Gabster
I would try one of those U Joint or ball joint presses. They look like a large clamp but they are very powerful.


1951 GMC 1 Ton Flatbed -- It is finally on the road and what a great time I have driving it!
1951 1 Ton Completed


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Re: New Leaf Springs [Re: Buckkoo] #1320010 Thu Aug 01 2019 03:28 AM
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Fox Offline
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If Fred’s suggestion doesn’t work for you, or you don’t have the tools, try this. On the rear spring shackles there should be a hole tucked up on the inside of the frame. This will allow you better access to the inside of the lock pin than you realize. It’s a good thing those one tons sit higher up than the little fellas! Remove the lock nut on the pin and then use a drift punch and a hammer to hammer them out from the inside of the frame. As you hammer deeper, the hole will hold the punch too! It worked beautifully for my one ton.

I always think about the hours spent fighting rust, crud, old repairs, etc, in order to get pieces refurbished or replaced. 95% of your time is spent “in the trenches” figthing that stuff, but once you’re out (and everything’s is new or as good as), you get that 5% “holiday at the beach” as all the pieces go together smoothly, cleanly, and very easily. “It took me how long?! And now I only get to play with nice stuff for 10 minutes?! Aaargh!”- that’s truck building!

Oh boy,,,here come the trenches again.

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Re: New Leaf Springs [Re: Buckkoo] #1320015 Thu Aug 01 2019 05:14 AM
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Re: New Leaf Springs [Re: Buckkoo] #1320042 Thu Aug 01 2019 01:40 PM
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Elderly Iron Offline
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This one shows doing it with the bolt and sleeve press method. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Puu0YIjkNLw&list=PL-5YzBia-1bnhC8ShpnN775waKNMSzIjt&index=30

Re: New Leaf Springs [Re: Buckkoo] #1320047 Thu Aug 01 2019 02:30 PM
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Here is an old post, with links to older posts. They might contain information and links-to-information that might help you?


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