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Leafs question?

1951 Stude Trk, it has 11 leafs on one side 10 on the other, sits straight though. Only thing is has bad bushings and rubber where shackles go and front mt also! It has the 1 3/4in width leafs. I want to keep the same width, but how is the best way to lower it? Also I want to even up the leafs also and thinking of deleting some to have them look equal. I need a couple of bracketry to keep individual leafs together and also when I take them apart can I use a hardened bolt and grind down for the middle bolt? Advise, thanks, Dana
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That extra leaf was probably added by a previous owner to account for a sagging spring. You should be able to find new spring bushings and shackles at an antique Studebaker outfit. CHeck Hemmings Motor News.
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You can probably have the springs rebuilt at a local spring shop. They should be able to come up with the bushings also. Check the yellow pages for Automotive/truck springs.

Tell them exactly what you want to do and how you want it to ride.
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1951 Stude Trk, it has 11 leafs on one side 10 on the other, sits straight though. Only thing is has bad bushings and rubber where shackles go and front mt also! It has the 1 3/4in width leafs. I want to keep the same width, but how is the best way to lower it? Also I want to even up the leafs also and thinking of deleting some to have them look equal. I need a couple of bracketry to keep individual leafs together and also when I take them apart can I use a hardened bolt and grind down for the middle bolt? Advise, thanks, Dana

Are you going to have axle room when you lower it?

1) The best way to lower it is probably by fitting the springs under the axle.

2) reverse eye springs and relocated or short shackles.

3) if you want to play, is to look at the spring with weight on it. measure its arch.
Remove the shortest 4 leaves and use grade 8 bolt to clamp back together.

Install and see if you still have about 1 1/2 inches arch left with weight on them.

Lots of people run leaf springs straight, but that is a little too flat in my experience.

I've pulled leaves out lots of vehicles.
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I've got springs with leaves removed on the 48 now and that is one reason I recomended that he talk to a spring shop. If the springs arn't right they will sag pretty quick and the results won't be satisfactory.
I got the look I wanted but at the expense of a lumberwagon ride and poor handeling. It is going to get a complete redo from the frame out and that part is going away.
Sometimes the quick and nasty easy fixes tend to be more problems than they fix. Doing it right the first time is usually a lot easier than going back and redoing things.
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