|The spring in my 1923 Touring was really beat
looking, pitted, and covered with ugly bright red paint. I needed to
First, I used paint stripper (Pro Stripper from Lowe's) and coated the
spring, scrapped and wire-brushed it off. Then hosed it off.
Now the real work begins. After consulting with the MTFCI forum, Reid
Welch gave me the most excellent advice of using a threaded rod and
C-clamps to disassemble and reassemble the spring.
Step 1 - Disassemble the spring. I put a pair of
C-clamps on either side of the center spring bolt (Figure 1).
Figure 1 - Compressing the spring with
Step 2 - Replace the center bolt with a piece of
3/8 inch threaded stock. Put a nut on either side of the spring.
Figure 2 - Replacing center bolt with
Step 3 - Undo the C clamps and unscrew the nuts to
expand and separate the leave springs.
Figure 3 - Decompressing the spring
Step 4 - Here is a closeup of the stamped and raised
Ford script on the top leave.
Figure 4 - Ford script on top leave
Step 5 - Now we scrape the crap and goo of the
leaves. One at a time and is time consuming
Figure 5 - Scraping goo off leaves
Step 6 - Now we sand the leaves and try and remove as
much rust as possible.
Figure 6 - Sanding the leaves
Step 7 - Here is the bottom leave before restoration.
Figure 7 - Bottom leave before restoration
Step 8 - After painting, the leaves are laid out and
lubri-plated between the leaves to prevent any future rust and
Figure 8 - Laying out reassembly
Step 9 - Inserting a threaded rod between the finished
Figure 9 - Inserting threaded rod
Step 10 - After inserting the threaded rod, put a nut
on either side of the spring. Tighten the threaded rod until the C clamps
can be placed on.
Figure 10 - Tightening the threaded rod and
compressing the leaves
Step 11 - Place the C clamps on either side of the
threaded rod. Compress the spring until the C clamps slide over and
then tighten the C clamps which will compress the spring, allowing
insertion of the center bolt.
Figure 11 - Compressing the spring with
Step 12 - After spring is compressed, insert the
center bolt and tighten. Then remove C clamps.
Figure 12 - Compressed spring with installed
Step 13 - Final assembled spring, view from the top.
Notice the raised and stamped Ford script on the top leave and also a
stamped Ford-X on the right-side next to bottom leave.
Figure 13 - Final product - top view
Step 14 - Final product - side view. Plan an
afternoon to completely restore a spring if you have no power tools, and
need to do by hand.
Figure 14 - Final product - side view