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Old 10-16-2003, 10:51 AM
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Sliders or Poly Buttons????????????

Is there a difference between the Sliders for leaf springs that Mid Fifty sells and the Poly Buttons that Chassis Engineering sells. There is about a $1.25 each difference in price or about $20.00 overall. Are the Sliders not poly material or ????

Where exactly do the sliders/buttons install. I understand that there is a 3/8" hole that has to be drilled but does it go in the dimpled area of my spring or where?

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Not familiar with the specific designs of the two manufacturers but the buttons go in the tips of the spring leaves. Other options to slick them up is to insert Teflon or poly plastic sheets between the leaves or my preference, have the leaves powder coated which slicks them up pretty well.
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It has been my experience (55 ford f100 with 5- 2"leaves), that the teflon liners that go between the leaves actually make the leaves bind and the ride really suffers. It may be quieter, but terrible on the ride. My truck rode much nicer as soon as my mechanic friend said take out those liners in the rear springs and put some grease between them instead.

I am going to deal with buttons on my 51 ford car soon, so I am interested in this post also.

I will seperate the leaves , wire brush them with my grinder, paint the individual leaves and hopefully replace the buttons with new ones that last and work, other wise, and or probably, put grease between the leaves also for sliding and rust control.

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Yes, grease is an old method. The rear leaf springs on my '36 Pontiac 4-dr sedan deluxe straight 8 were completely wrapped from the factory with a very sophisticated sheet metal sheath which was in-turn filled with grease. When I dis-assembled them a few years ago, the grease was still fresh! Unfortunately, I couldn't put the sheath back on the springs. Without the sheath, the grease will quickly oxidize, wash out and absorb dirt to the point that it will become ineffective at best and a home for abrasives leading to premature spring failure at worst.

Like I mentioned above, I have had pretty good luck with powder coated spring leaves. Never used the buttons so can't comment on them but the concept seems good.
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I can see where powder coating would be great. I know on my 39 ford coupe, my mechanic friend was telling me that on my car that ford put in a grease fitting in the center of the front spring and it was the same on his 40 ford that he drove everyday and I do mean everyday, for 40 yrs and did not have the first problem with any of the leaves. This 40 hauled transmisssions , engines, etc and sat outside most of its life. It was only in the garage for about two years. The leaves have a little valley that goes the full length of the leaves and grease comes out the end, thats when you know its good. He just sold his 40 two or three yrs ago. I hated to see it go. It was a 2 door sedan, rust free as Arthur kept rags soaked with trans fluid in the rockers, quarters, etc. His ford was super fast also, as he had a 70 or so LT1 in it with a turbo 400 trans.

I put 30,000 miles on my 55 f100 before I sold it and I would say about 28,000 of those miles were with grease between the leaves and had no problems, lots of problems with the teflon liners though after about a month or less. I had radiused the springs before assembing them that helped right off the bat.

If grease was good enough for Ford back then when the roads were dirt basically, grease now would probably last longer than us between the leaves with no problems.

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