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 Post subject: Sagging Springs
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 10:52 pm 
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The rear leaf springs on my '46 are sagging down about 2" raising the hood and making it a little hard to see even though I am over 6 ft. Is there any way of raising up the rear short of having the springs re-arched or replaced? Can I replace the shackle that connects the springs to the frame with longer ones? Do those shackles flex with the springs or are they rigid?


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 Post subject: Re: Sagging Springs
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 2:28 am 
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John,

The rear leaf springs in my '55 have long since lost their perkiness. Pretty much since acquiring the car several decades ago I have run air shocks in the rear to return to a more normal ride height. Especially handy for long trips with luggage in the trunk. You won't find them in a catalog but a good parts guy should be able to match up your old shock to an available pair of air shocks.

Good luck!

Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Sagging Springs
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 4:44 am 
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Can anyone recommend a model number air shock from say, Monroe or Gabriel? Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Sagging Springs
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 2:43 am 
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Here are two listings from eBaY that suggest Monroe MA727 will fit a '46 Plymouth. That is the same shock set number that I purchased and installed on my '55. They are available from all the major parts chains, i..e., O'Reilly, Advance, Auto Zone, etc. Might have to order and wait a day or two. If you order a set, you can remove one of your original shocks and before you get the new shock dirty trying to install you can math up your old shock to the new shock. if they don't match, you can return the unused set to the parts store and reinstall your old shock and keep searching.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/REAR-Air-Shock ... ial+Deluxe

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Monroe-MA727-M ... ial+Deluxe

Let us know how you make out

Mark


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 Post subject: Re: Sagging Springs
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 10:07 pm 
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Air shocks will definitely adjust the rear...but more often than not will give a pretty stiff ride... I had them on one car I had and it made things a little more 'bumpier" than with regular shocks... plus you have to mount somewhere an air line and intake nozzle so you can adjust the shocks air pressure....

Another choice might be to get some "helper springs" to give your original leafs some life back.. though I am not sure where to go get these at this time I might suggest starting with Eaton Detroit Spring. If the helper isn't the way you want to go they can sell you completely new rear leaf springs for your car as well. I have purchased front coil springs from them in the past and I would recommend them as a source!

Good luck with your spring situation! Let us know what you end up doing...

Dean


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