My 1939 Ford Standard Coupe - The Tear Down
|Using a friend's
spring spreader to take the tension off, we removed the spring shackles
from the front spring assembly. The spring eyes are mounted to the
shackles with what the parts books call a "Stud Assembly". It's
a double-ended stud with a larger cross-section in the middle. This wider
part is what is pressed into the spring eye (and the spring perch mounts
at the front ends of the radius rod). It's a snug fit when new and usually
pretty well rusted into place after many years.
I used a cut-off wheel to take one threaded end off flush with the spring eye.
|After I cut off the
threaded portion, I took a drift pin and a heavy hammer and pounded the
stud out. These were one-piece studs.....there was no center portion and
outer shell. With the original style stud you often drive out the center
piece, and then have to remove an outer liner that was part of the
assembly. One solution to getting it out is to assemble a hack saw blade
in the bore. Then saw through a side of the liner. Remove the hack saw and
drive the liner out. You sometimes have to use a chisel to pry up the edge
of the liner. You can also drill them out with a large bit.
I centered the stud over the hole in my anvil and knocked the studs out in short order.
|This photo shows
the radius rod end (commonly called the perch mount) where the spring
shackles mounted to the other stud. I'll try to remove the big bolt that
hold the radius rod to the axle. With the radius rod and axle separated,
the stud will be easier to get at. Plus, I want to take everything all
apart so that they can be cleaned and repainted.
The large bolt has a castle nut on the bottom side. In this picture you can see that I've already removed the nut. The next step is to replace it with a common nut of the same thread size......something that I can hit with a hammer to help drive out the bolt.
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