OOOOOPs ...Leaf Spring Bolts issues...

homewood4

Precision Fit
Oct 23, 2009
521
Citrus Heights & Tahoe
First Name
Greg
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
1954
'54 PU

In my zest to clean everything before painting chasis I attempted to remove front axle/left leaf springs. Started with drivers side rear shackle, proceeded to shear off spring bolt head (side w/grease zert)....
Can I just punch it through the other side now?

Then went to front shackle...when undoing lower bolt found (perhaps I did it??) top leaf was broken (sheared).
Can I replace just top leaf or whole stack need to go? Can I replace with used or will spring arch be of concern?

Thanks..
 

pavel6

Well Oiled
Sep 27, 2009
1,690
Vancouver, BC
First Name
Pavel
Willys Model
Wagon
Willys Year:
1965
If you have found one broken leaf in your springs, chances are metal fatigue has set in to the rest. Bite the bullet and replace the springs in pairs. Walcks has good springs, N. American made. I'm saving up to do just that.
 

papas34

Bigger Hammer
Mar 17, 2010
94
Ogden, Utah
Willys Model
Willys Year:
pavel6 said:
If you have found one broken leaf in your springs, chances are metal fatigue has set in to the rest. Bite the bullet and replace the springs in pairs. Walcks has good springs, N. American made. I'm saving up to do just that.
Got to agree....Here's your chance to take advantage of that understanding wife ;) ;) ;)
 

aquawilly54

Well Oiled
Sep 21, 2009
1,257
Willys Model
Willys Year:
I concur. It's the "smart" way to go. As far as the bolt goes...Yes you can punch it out. Just remember to support the frame, lest it crashes down on your cranium. :shock:
Steve
 

wally72

Bigger Hammer
Feb 21, 2010
170
Indiana
Willys Model
Willys Year:
Agree with the others, the old springs have lost their stuff, metal fatigue and all that. I was in the trucking business for over 30 years and tried "rearching" of old tired springs a couple of times, it was a waste of money and effort, new is the way to go. I replaced all 4 springs and pins on my PU with a set from Walck's, HUGE improvement in ride, steering and load carrying ability. I have bought several items from Walck's, extremely satisfied with the parts and service.
 
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