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  1. I am in the process of restoring my 1932 Pontiac. It has leaf springs and I am looking for some advice on restoring them. They seem to be in fairly good shape and have the same length and arch. They don't seem to sag. The car leaned slightly to one side but I believe that was due to some wear on the rubber bushings on the springs and frame. My questions: 1) Should the springs be completely disassembled, stripped, and painted with rust encapsulator and then re-assembled with lube? or... 2) Should they just be cleaned and painted on the outside part that shows and loosened enough to clean and get new lube between the leafs? 3) What is the lube that should be used? I know that originally they were coated with a graphite based lube. 4) Does anybody know someone who makes the cloth covers for the springs? Thanks for your help. Rob
  2. Anybody have any experience with lever type shocks on an ollllld car? I have a 1929 Graham Page 612 and have taken my leaf springs out for refurbishment but I don't know much about the lever shock absorbers. They are a piston mounted on the frame with a lever that attaches by a cloth strap to the leafs. I assume they're oil filled? Anybody ever worked on one of these? Thanks. Geoff
  3. Does anyone know if I can re-arc my 1955 Olds 88 sagging leaf springs with a roller? If not, what do I need to do to repair? Thanks. George
  4. Hello all, Got a 1977 (well, mostly 77 - front end is from a 78) Riviera I've been working on... the issue I've run into is that the headlamp retainer springs are rusted out, so the headlights can't be adjusted properly. Now, I've dug through a salvage yard and found that most retainer springs are held in place by the "tail" of the spring itself - these, though, are held in place by a hex-head screw through the middle of the spring, into the plastic fascia :confused: . Anybody know of any other car that uses this arrangement, or what the original GM replacement part # might be, or anything else that might help me out with this? Thanks!
  5. Hello all, Ok, I'm new to this list, and here is my first post... I'm thinking about replacing the springs on my '65 Gran Sport and need some advice. I've had this car for 26 years, but that's another story! The problem is that my Riv 'sags' a bit in the rear. Years ago I was advised by Leonard Scott (founding member of the ROA, and all around guru in his day) NOT to replace the stock coil springs. Leonard advised me to use rubber coil spring spacers, or better yet, have some spring seats machined to go on top of the springs to give a bit of 'lift' to the back of the car. Len said that repro springs were not made to the specs of the stock originals and replacing them would harm the handling of the car. He gave me this advice back in the early 1990's. I followed his advice and installed rubber spacers on the coils. Years later the spacers disintegrated and I replaced them with air shocks. This works fine, but now I'm worried that using air shocks to raise the rear will in time fatigue the shock mounts, as the coil springs are supposed to carry the weight of the car, yes? So, my questions are these: 1) Are the Gran Sport replacement springs sold by Coil Spring Specialties and/or Eaton exact replacements performance-wise? 2) I read a post on this list saying that the springs from Coil Spring Specialties will make the car sit too high. Has anyone bought Gran Sport (H2 spec) springs from this source that can verify that the car will be at the correct stock ride height after the new springs were installed? 3) Last question - if I replace the springs am I advised to replace all 4 springs (Front and Rear) at the same time? Or can I replace the rear springs only without affecting the ride or having the car ride height affected adversely? Thanks for your feedback. I look forward to participating in this community. -Alex 65 Riv GS ROA #259
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