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Old 04-21-2019, 06:06 AM   #1
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Default Bad lean in one direction

On my 32 coupe there is a heavy lean turning. In checking out the car parked, the left rear is soft. If I push on the bumper is goes down farther and easier than any other corner. Bad shock? Or bad spring? Not talking bounce. First movement. In driving it feels like a really soft tire (which I checked).
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Old 04-21-2019, 10:26 AM   #2
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Take the shock link off and see if any resistance to the shock.
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Old 04-21-2019, 11:00 AM   #3
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Make sure the spring center bolt is centered in the hole of the crossmember. Make sure the u-bolts are nice and tight. Look for a broken spring leaf(you should spot a crack on the edge of the leaf) and also do as 1931 flamingo suggested.
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Old 04-21-2019, 01:46 PM   #4
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Along with checking the spring and center bolt,
you can switch the spring end to end while you have it out. Old springs will take a "set" over the years, resulting n the tilt. A broken leaf can be hard to spot without disassembling the spring. As in all cases when dealing with a spring, be careful, as there can be tension that will be released when the center bolt is loosened.
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Old 04-21-2019, 02:02 PM   #5
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Hi Everyone. Jim, I love my wire brush. I'd apply it to the sides of your spring and then use a strong light to get a first check-see if you have a broken leaf.
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Old 04-21-2019, 03:10 PM   #6
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Can't swap spring end for end as it's curved
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Old 04-27-2019, 02:09 PM   #7
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Default Re: Bad lean in one direction

might just be my perception and what I am used to in a daily driver........
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Old 04-27-2019, 11:53 PM   #8
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Isn't that what they call the bachelor lean. Throw a bag of sand on the other side for a while or start giving uber rides.


wouldn't worry about it. Stand on the passenger side running board for a second when parked.
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Old 04-28-2019, 02:00 AM   #9
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Can't swap spring end for end as it's curved

News to me. Would like to hear more.
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Old 04-28-2019, 07:22 AM   #10
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You've led a sheltered life not to know that all '32-'34 passenger car/commercial rear springs are curved from the center tie bolt to the spring eyes on the ends as shown clearly in the photo below of an early '32 chassis.
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Old 04-28-2019, 08:25 AM   #11
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Default Re: Bad lean in one direction

To be specific, I am talking about the feel in the back end going around corners. It feels like the backend wants to pass the front. It sits square when parked.
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:21 AM   #12
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In part that is why sway-bars were added to the later models. In the early years sway was mostly controlled by the shackle angles, shackle construction (tight fit that required the shackle pin to twist inside the bushing material) and the shocks.
Any chance longer shackles bars have been installed or are at the wrong angle?
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Old 04-28-2019, 11:08 AM   #13
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Default Re: Bad lean in one direction

A little bit better visual of spring.
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Old 04-28-2019, 11:16 AM   #14
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Lots better; thanks!
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Old 04-28-2019, 02:20 PM   #15
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May just be worn out spring. I can live with it if nothing is broken. Checked it all out this week.
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Old 04-28-2019, 02:31 PM   #16
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veering off course a bit here, but those curved springs are a son ofa gun to put back together after painting. they will not just sit in a stack like a straight spring. c clamps want to tip over, threaded rod thru the hole will bend when the leafs slide off the stack, its just very aggravating! done lots of straight springs in my day, but i sure hope to never do one of those again!
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