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1950 Front Leaf Springs
#1352944 Thu Apr 02 2020 07:31 PM
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Wrench Fetcher
Looking for new front springs for my 1950 1 ton. Called a few places and they all seem to have no problem coming up with 1/2 ton & 3/4 ton springs, but not the 1 ton. Just wondering if anyone has an idea where to go for these. I live in Minneapolis so a place close to home would be nice, but I will go where I can find them. New U-bolts would also be needed i'm sure. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks, Tom

Re: 1950 Front Leaf Springs
3800GUY #1352945 Thu Apr 02 2020 07:45 PM
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Shop Shark
A spring shop will make a new leaf or the whole stack from scratch
A place just 40 min from me said they prefer to work from a pattern seeing the original one to get the knuckles just right but could also work with just a description and measurements.
This same place informed me that the front springs for the 1 ton are no longer a stocked/order-able part in North America
I suspect pretty much all shops have the same few suppliers and if their catalogs don’t list it anymore it can’t be ordered
So our only choices are, get one made, find one in a junk yard, hack a home made solution from some other spring that is close enough to work... but I don’t know about that last one as I’ve never found a suitable replacement.

If anyone has more insight for this spring please let us know
Because I’m gonna need a couple more soon as well.
But I’m happy getting new ones made because the price I was quoted seemed reasonable.
Thanks
-Stan

Re: 1950 Front Leaf Springs
3800GUY #1352954 Thu Apr 02 2020 08:39 PM
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Wrench Fetcher
Thanks Stan, i will star looking for a shop somewhere that may be able to make them. I did see Eaton Detroit Spring shows on the website they can make them. Has anyone purchased from them in the past and are their products good? Their description however for the right year and model list 9 leaves in the spring pack, my truck only has 7 leaves in the front springs. Too bad these are no longer available from most places now that I need them. The hunt will continue. Tom

Re: 1950 Front Leaf Springs
3800GUY #1352957 Thu Apr 02 2020 08:48 PM
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Shop Shark
The 1/2-ton and 3/4-ton front springs are the same, and yes they are available nearly everywhere. I agree with the others that you should be able to have them custom made. As far as I know Eaton Detroit has a good reputation. But there might be a local shop, probably in Minneapolis that does that.


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Re: 1950 Front Leaf Springs
3800GUY #1352976 Thu Apr 02 2020 10:54 PM
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You could probably use the narrower 1/2 or 3/4 ton front springs with spacers on the 1 ton
If you don’t intend on using it to the full weight capacity
It should work right?
The front end of the 3/4 ton is likely the same weight as a 1 ton, everything is the same above the axle pretty much.
-s

Re: 1950 Front Leaf Springs
3800GUY #1353026 Fri Apr 03 2020 02:39 AM
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St Louis Spring. www.stlouisspring.com [stlouisspring.com] They blow Eaton Detroit away on pricing and they're US made with Canadian steel. They can make anything you want.

Re: 1950 Front Leaf Springs
3800GUY #1353029 Fri Apr 03 2020 02:46 AM
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I prefer Eaton Detroit Springs for spring sets, and I once used ESPO Springs & Things for shackle assemblies - a third good company to consider/compare.


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Re: 1950 Front Leaf Springs
3800GUY #1353050 Fri Apr 03 2020 05:16 AM
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A teacher, but always an apprentice.
I used City Spring in Edmonton. I got a copy of the original spec sheets for my 1 tons front springs and they whipped me up a set in a couple days. I think the closest one to you, though, would be in Regina, Saskatchewan. Might be cheaper than US made? Our dollar is pretty low right now vs US dollar. $1 vs $1.35 ish.


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Re: 1950 Front Leaf Springs
3800GUY #1353081 Fri Apr 03 2020 01:13 PM
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I also used St. Louis Spring company for new springs on my 1950 3800. They made them in 24 hours, and luckily, I live 2 hours away and was able to pick them up the next day. I also got a tour of their shop - super nice folks. They supply Jim Carter's as well. Highly recommend them!

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Re: 1950 Front Leaf Springs
3800GUY #1353090 Fri Apr 03 2020 01:45 PM
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I have also heard many good things about St. Louis Spring.
Been open since 1945.
But they are located in the more, let's say, questionable area of St. Louis?
So you have to call before you go to pick up during the daytime.

Don


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