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Old 01-21-2020, 09:34 AM   #1
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My new barn fine ‘28 Sport Coupe A toy.
The first time, I have seen “boot wraps” on each side of the front spring. What are their purpose? They look some what original - older and dried out - each about 10 “ in length.
Thanks for your thoughts
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:38 AM   #2
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Boots keep the grease/oil inside and the dust and road grime outside. Ford did offer them as an original accessory. I think the ones from Ford were leather or pleather. I wish my car had them. I'm going to get a set when I rebuild the front end.
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:42 AM   #3
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spring covers can be aftermarket or original ford --on page 316 of the service bulletins there are pictures and installation instructions
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Thanks - I haven’t noticed them listed at the suppliers.
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:52 AM   #5
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These are the covers I got when I cleaned and re-lubed both springs. Worked pretty well, fit was good. I kinda went overboard soaking the felt in oil, so I had oil puddles behind the wheel hubs for a couple of weeks afterward.

https://www.snydersantiqueauto.com/P...RING-COVER-SET
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:56 AM   #6
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I also added them to both the front and rear when I put new springs on my car a couple years ago. I like the idea of keeping dirt and grime out of the springs.
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Old 01-21-2020, 12:04 PM   #7
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I just used motor oil on mine, any suggestions on weight of oil when I renew oil. No squeaks and coupe rides great.
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:19 PM   #8
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I just used motor oil on mine, any suggestions on weight of oil when I renew oil. No squeaks and coupe rides great.





UH OH, another which oil to use thread !
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:41 PM   #9
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I think you could literally use oil straight out of the drain plug if you wanted.
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Old 01-23-2020, 01:37 AM   #10
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I also have a 1959 Triumph TR3 and the original service manual states use the drain oil after each oil change to paint the leaf springs. I don't think the meant using all five quarts.
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Old 01-23-2020, 03:09 AM   #11
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Using any type of liquid (oil) or paste (grease) type lube on leaf springs is bad practice. Even with spring covers or wrapping with vinyl tape, dirt will get in and create abrasive grit that both increases spring rate and accellerates wear.
Two good methods or lubing springs are Teflon strip between leaves or polishing the leaves and painting them with MOLYKOTE or SLIPLATE.
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Old 01-23-2020, 03:15 AM   #12
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dlfrisch, when I was going to create an advertisement assignment I found out this topic. This one is useful for me .


alexiskai I was in a similar situation but approximately 2-3 weeks

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See pages 268. and 316 in the Ford Service Bulletins.
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