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Username Post: Question about rear springs        (Topic#262423)
Oldengineer 
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05-03-11 07:51 PM - Post#2085764    

I've been busy going after the rust on the bottom of my 48. The rear springs on my car are completely wrapped with some kind of hard covering. I'm guessing it came from the factory that way and the stuff is now petrified. Should I cut this covering off and wet the springs down with WD-40.

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Oldengineer



 




Gene_Schneider 
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05-03-11 08:06 PM - Post#2085766    
    In response to Oldengineer

The factory spring covers were some kind of zinc metal and there is burlap wrapped inside. At this point they are dooing no good and should be removed. If it were my car I would remove the covers. spread the leaves and put some grease between the leaves. The covers had grease holes so they could be filled with grease to prevent squeaking.

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David Hayward 
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05-04-11 03:20 AM - Post#2085829    
    In response to Gene_Schneider

As this is informative I am making this sticky for a time.

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Edited by David Hayward on 05-04-11 03:20 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Oldengineer 
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05-04-11 07:33 PM - Post#2086242    
    In response to Gene_Schneider

Thanks Gene and David. I'll take the covers off and grease the springs. The covers don't look like metal - they almost look like leather that has gotten rock hard with age.

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Oldengineer



 
Gene_Schneider 
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05-06-11 06:48 PM - Post#2086996    
    In response to Oldengineer

The first year Chevrolets came with the metal spring covers was 1934 - on the Master series only. In 1941 all models had the metal covers.
There was a leather spring cover available in 1933 and for the cheaper Standard models in 1934 and 1935.

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Oldengineer 
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05-14-11 09:12 PM - Post#2090164    
    In response to Gene_Schneider

You're correct - I checked the spring covers, asnd, they are metal. I looked at the shop manual, and, it shows a tool that was used to force grease into the spring covers. I'm thinking about trying to come up with a way to do this. Will advise if I have any luck.

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Oldengineer



 
David Hayward 
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05-15-11 12:49 AM - Post#2090190    
    In response to Oldengineer

If you do come up with a tool then perhaps you could post details here?

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Oldengineer 
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05-15-11 08:29 PM - Post#2090587    
    In response to David Hayward

David:

Will do! I'm going to talk to the guys at my local NAPA store. One of them actually owned a car like mine years ago.

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Oldengineer



 
markeb01 
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05-23-11 04:26 PM - Post#2094054    
    In response to Oldengineer

My son actually had/has one of those tools that came with a 48 coupe I bought back in the 80's. As best I remember it looked like a small C-Clamp, and the tip had a blunt screw top that went into the spring pack, and grease was pumped in through the core of the screw.

If he still has it, and can find it, I'll see if I can post photographs so everyone will at least know what the tool looks like.



 
markeb01 
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05-28-11 11:04 AM - Post#2096170    
    In response to markeb01

My son finally found his jacketed spring lubricator (called a Lubroclamp). I’ll get photos of it in a few days when I see him next time. In the meantime, he found a web link showing what it looks like. As noted in the photo, the threaded tip that goes into the spring jacket is broken off in this picture:

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?...




 
Daves4757 
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12-06-11 02:06 PM - Post#2165699    
    In response to Oldengineer

I've got a '47 chevy and my springs came with kind of a tin covering and I think had some cloth wrapping between the spring and the tin. Mine have allmost all come apart. I took the tin and cloth off and cleaned the springs and used about one can of WD 40 per spring. I don't have any noise and they look ok.



 
Oldengineer 
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12-06-11 08:05 PM - Post#2165817    
    In response to Daves4757

My 48 still has its spring covers and they're intact. My son is attempting to fabricate a tool so that I can lube them through the covers.

Regards:
Oldengineer



 
Daves4757 
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12-07-11 08:22 AM - Post#2165966    
    In response to Oldengineer

That's cool. I would like to see a picture of the tool when he is done.
Thanks
Dave



 
Oldengineer 
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08-04-12 07:58 PM - Post#2255814    
    In response to Daves4757

I finally found something I could grease my springs with. I was at an O'Reilys auto parts store and found a really small needle greaser. I hooked it up to my old Lincoln grease gun and it shot grease nicely through a hole in the metal covers on my rear springs. I've got to drill 3 more small holes in the spring covers, but, this needle greaser seem sto do the job OK.

Regards:
Oldengineer



 




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