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Old 03-21-2020, 09:52 PM   #1
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Default Greasing a front spring on a 39 pickup

I'm almost ready to drop the old truck on of his stands after 9 months. I'm greasing the center bolt area with the mounted grease fitting. Mike was kind enough to make new one for me. In front the grease goes in. Dumb Q: keep pumping until the grease squirts out where? This is a NOS spring set from Mr. Carpenter.
On the rear fitting the grease does not past the hollow connector piece.
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Old 03-21-2020, 10:05 PM   #2
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Grease clogs the passages, use spring lube, its thin like automatic transmission fluid--- originally about 75% ice machine oil,rest talc with a dash of ground asbestos
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Old 03-21-2020, 11:28 PM   #3
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Shouldn't be putting grease between spring leaves. Ford had special spring lube for this. You can use something like slipplate.

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Old 03-22-2020, 04:11 AM   #4
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Shouldn't be putting grease between spring leaves. Ford had s special spring lube for this. You can use something like slipplate.
have you ever seen slip plate in grease gun cartridges anywhere jerry ? thanks.
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Old 03-22-2020, 07:27 AM   #5
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I have an old spring greasing pry bar that is for twisting the spring to get the grease to flow between the leaves. Not sure where I got it or why! Maybe came with a collection of STUFF I bought or was given. It is with my collection of odd or special tools hanging on the wall.. JM2CW !! kerk
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Old 03-22-2020, 08:10 AM   #6
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i jammed a screwdriver between the leaves and squirt some PB blaster in there
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Old 03-22-2020, 08:36 AM   #7
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Nearly impossible to lubricate a NOS spring without taking it apart and cleaning 80 year old grease out of the lubrication grooves that each leaf has.
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I have had nos springs apart that were set up for spring lube---no grease inside

I had a 46 that the springs were greased---rode bad
had a 39 that always had spring lube---rode very well
spring lube is very thin oil---and talc, the talc is a polishing agent and dry lubricant----its in slip plate products
The service bulletins in 36 told about the new method, that a dedicated grease gun is to be used, that spring lube was to be shaken before used

if grease has been used it fills the passage formed in the top of the spring leaf get filled near the centerbolt then coming out near the center not flowing to the tips of the leaves----once there is grease it blocks the passages from gravity flow to the tips where the lube is needed

The original formula is ---77-1/2% ice machine oil, 20% talc, 2-1/2 % pulverized asbestos -------so today we can use auto trans fluid, talc and graphite
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This is the prescribed Ford spring lubricant
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thanks guys. I'm glad I asked.

Engine start at 12:35 to day!!!
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have you ever seen slip plate in grease gun cartridges anywhere jerry ? thanks.
Not that I am aware of, but you can always load your own grease gun. I think it is easier to coat each leaf before assembling the spring. It should last a long time. Some time back I saw a formula for a spring lubricant, but not sure when. It included a talc component if I remember correctly.
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Old 03-22-2020, 12:24 PM   #12
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Not that I am aware of, but you can always load your own grease gun. I think it is easier to coat each leaf before assembling the spring. It should last a long time. Some time back I saw a formula for a spring lubricant, but not sure when. It included a talc component if I remember correctly.
thank you sir !
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Old 03-22-2020, 03:58 PM   #13
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Food for thought, a friend showed me this tool, found one on eBay.
I need to disassemble the springs on my 35 for a full spring restoration, but will try this tool to keep it lubed.
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And it does say "soft graphite lubricant" in the text. Too bad they use the term "grease" which will probably mislead a lot of people.

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Old 03-22-2020, 06:26 PM   #15
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There has been enough discussion since it was written 104 years ago I’m hopeful folks will figure it out��
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There has been enough discussion since it was written 104 years ago Iím hopeful folks will figure it out��
Boy, do you have a lot to learn. These are the people that have spent the last week buying toilet paper!
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Old 03-22-2020, 11:16 PM   #17
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Boy, do you have a lot to learn. These are the people that have spent the last week buying toilet paper!

Now that is worth saying twice!
Too bad it's so time sensitive, guys 104 days from now won't know what the hell it means.
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Old 04-12-2020, 09:55 PM   #18
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My springs are wrapped in shiveing. What now?
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there should be 3 fittings--one on each side of the covers, and one in the center bolt----use lubricating gun filled with spring lube
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