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Old 07-27-2002, 12:38 AM
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Is it safe to use the original leaf springs on a 50 chevy 3100 pickup when converting to an open drive line?
The rear end I'm using is a 10 bolt from a Nova if that helps.
I need advise from people that have built them to drive, not from mags trying to sell parts.
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Old 07-27-2002, 12:42 AM
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Oh yeah, the springs on the truck seem to be in good shape as far as I can tell.
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Chris, If the spring will seat right on your rearend, it should be ok. I'd take your spring to a spring company and have them do a test on it. and have them re arc it. maybe even put teflon between the springs for better ride.
If it was me, Your talking about 52 year old springs, i'd put new springs in with it.(but that's me). newer springs will probably give you a better ride.
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thanks 34

I agree with you about the 52 year old springs. I see alot of guys in my area using them and was just wondering.
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my experience with trying to use the stock 1-3/4" wide spring is not good if you are putting any power to them. with the torque tube driveline the rear springs only had to control up and down movement and never had any torque wrap to deal with because all of the torque wanting to twist the rear was transferred to the torque tube not the spring. on my friends 54 ford and my 54 chev we both experienced bad spring wrapup under full load. we both converted to 2-1/2" wide chassis engineering springs and problem was solved not to mention a MUCH better ride and handling. scott
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I'm rerunning my stock springs on my '53 PU but I'm putting in a warmed up 235 straight 6, 200R4 OD trans, open drive line. I am extending the cab 2' and making it a King cab. No hot rodding envisioned so spring wrap isn't a problem. As usual, depends on what you are doing with the truck. If you want to go fast, speed co$t$. If you are cruising, stock springs are fine. As long as the spring below the main leaf hasn't worn a groove in it, they should be fine. Wouldn't worry about their age. I took a couple of short leaves out of mine so it wouldn't be such a brick. Little trick I found for a good ride with these springs is to have them powder coated. As slick or slicker than plastic inserts and won't squirt out like the inserts are prone to do. Looks great too.

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