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Old 12-18-2006, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by pasadenahotrod
My first impression of a T bucket roadster was ....cool looking, loud, fast...and when I sat in one the first time....uncomfortable, uncomfortable, hey this can't planned can it?.
My first T bucket was built in 1969 and the builder used a shortened old school bus seat spring. What a difference! After a short time, I discovered the reason most buckets are uncomfortable...the suspensions don't work. too many leaves in the buggy springs, no shocks or friction shocks(same thing), too stiff springs (coils or coil-overs), binding in the Panhard bars, binding in the radius rods....and so on. I removed several leaves from the front spring, redid the rear shocks to make them shocks instead of struts, and ended up with a car that rode well AND had a comfortable seat and accessable controls. My first long trip, Houston to St. Paul MN for the 20th Street Rod Nationals.

Ford Motor Company, with Henry at the controls built over 20 million Model Ts over the years from 1909-1927 and every one of them had seat spring assemblies with coil springs. The Ts carried folks in comfort, for the times, over the most varied road and non-road conditons imaginable. Why throw that engineering and experience out the window when new duplicates of original springs can be bought so cheaply and even custom measurements can be done for not much more. Car-Line Mfg. in Beaumont TX and Snyder's Antique Auto Parts in New Springfield OH are the two manufacturers of these springs as well as Model A and V8 and other Ford units plus custom doing other makes and models.
That is certainally an option. Thanks I'll check out the Tx. dealer

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Old 12-18-2006, 02:33 PM
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Arrowhead: Those are 8 or 9 gauge sinuous wire seat springs, and they would make a great seat. They should be covered with a deck pad so whatever padding goes over them doesn't get cut through from sitting on them. Also, they should be connected in the center from side to side to keep them from spreading apart when you sit on them. Very ingenious on your part !!
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