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Re: Suspension inspection for dummies
HandyAndy #1405110 Wed Apr 07 2021 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by HandyAndy
JW51,

Check out this THREAD.

Good luck,

Good stuff, Andy. Did you look into having St Lous Spring rehab yours before deciding on new? Or did you decide that yourself after looking at your springs?

Re: Suspension inspection for dummies
JW51 #1405150 Wed Apr 07 2021 10:10 PM
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Actually, I was looking at a local shop (Midwest Frame & Axle) for the rehab. After I really examined my springs, I priced new at St. Louis Spring. If I remember correctly, I purchased the front and rear springs for just north of $600.00. Also, my wife had a horse show in St. Louis so I was able to pick them up and save the cost of shipping.

The new springs have really transformed how the '47 rides and handles. If you find broken springs and wear grooves on your springs-among other things, I'd highly recommend upgrading to new springs.


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Re: Suspension inspection for dummies
JW51 #1405154 Wed Apr 07 2021 10:25 PM
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St. Louis spring has been around a long time and has a good reputation.
But, if you go to pick them up, make an appointment during the day.
It is located in a challenged neighborhood.

Don


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Re: Suspension inspection for dummies
HandyAndy #1405167 Thu Apr 08 2021 12:30 AM
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Originally Posted by HandyAndy
Actually, I was looking at a local shop (Midwest Frame & Axle) for the rehab. After I really examined my springs, I priced new at St. Louis Spring. If I remember correctly, I purchased the front and rear springs for just north of $600.00. Also, my wife had a horse show in St. Louis so I was able to pick them up and save the cost of shipping.

The new springs have really transformed how the '47 rides and handles. If you find broken springs and wear grooves on your springs-among other things, I'd highly recommend upgrading to new springs.

They told me $100-$125 per spring for the rebuild and about $160 new. I wasn’t worried about the extra money, just thought it might be good to keep the originals. Probably best to just hit the easy button and go with new.

Don, I kinda wondered about the neighborhood. Was gonna have my wife stop by there next week while she was up there, but perhaps I will rethink that.

Re: Suspension inspection for dummies
JW51 #1405752 Mon Apr 12 2021 03:49 PM
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Anyone happen to know what size u bolts I need?

Re: Suspension inspection for dummies
JW51 #1405767 Mon Apr 12 2021 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by JW51
Anyone happen to know what size u bolts I need?
Measured my old ones.
1-7/8 x 4 (inside dimensions), 1/2-20 threads.
Not sure whether those were front or rear u-bolts, and IIRC, one or the other was slightly longer.

[on edit] Those were fronts. Rears were 4-3/4" long.

Last edited by klhansen; Mon Apr 12 2021 08:17 PM.

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Re: Suspension inspection for dummies
klhansen #1405812 Mon Apr 12 2021 11:36 PM
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Thank you!

Re: Suspension inspection for dummies
JW51 #1405828 Tue Apr 13 2021 12:54 AM
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Is the lower shock mount on the rear suspension just the bar that connect the u bolt with a stud sticking out?

Re: Suspension inspection for dummies
JW51 #1405833 Tue Apr 13 2021 01:10 AM
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Yes, The bar bends up and the stud is welded on it.

This pic shows my original that's been replaced. The stud had been buggered up, so I had new bars made up and welded new shock studs on them.

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Re: Suspension inspection for dummies
klhansen #1405841 Tue Apr 13 2021 02:25 AM
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Originally Posted by klhansen
Yes, The bar bends up and the stud is welded on it.

This pic shows my original that's been replaced. The stud had been buggered up, so I had new bars made up and welded new shock studs on them.

Ok, mine looked kinda wonky so I wasn’t sure if that was the stock setup.

Did your frame have the bumper thing in the wheel arch? I’ve seen that in some parts diagrams but I don’t seem to have that.

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