Hello Stude fans, welcome to the first 'How I did it' article on 'The Oily Rag'. I called it that instead of 'How To', as I might not do it as described by workshop manuals or others, but it will give you an idea of what to do, or what not to do ;-)
My '64 Daytona needed the rear spring shackle rubbers, (front only), replacing, a straight forward job I thought, made all the easier with my new four post hoist - a piece of cake ! Well, the Gods of Engineering must have heard me and thought they'd teach me the lesson - 'there is no such thing as an easy job'. During the week I had gone through the process in my head - (1) jack up the body and rest on jack stands under the chassis rails, (2) remove rear wheels & jack up the diff to take the weight, (3) undo the bolt holding the bush, and rear shock absorbers from bottom plate (4) lower the jack and the spring leaves out of the spring hangers,(5) replace the rubbers, (6) jack back up, (7) re-install bolt, tighten - finished, Ha!
|Left hand side rear (front) spring shackle - you can see why I'm replacing them.|
|The RHS bush removed by cutting the bolt with a grinder.|
IMPORTANT NOTE AT THIS POINT ! Watch the brake hose from the body to the Diff housing. Don't let this take the weight of the diff - put blocks under the brake drums as a safe guard.
|This is the maximum I stretched the flexible brake line.|
|The installation of the new LHS bush.|
|LHS bush installed ready to bolted back into spring hanger.|
IMPORTANT NOTE AT THIS POINT ! Both front spring hangers have two shackle bolts holes, one about 1" above the other. On LHD vehicles use the lower bolt hole on the LHS front spring hanger, and the higher one the RHS - on RHD vehicles do the opposite.
|Aligning the shackle bush to insert bolt.|
|Bolt insertion - now to put the nut on, easier said than done!|