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I would like to replace my existing leaf springs with a new slightly shorter set. I have a 37 Plymouth sedan with the original springs and although they support the car fine thet lack side sway stiffness and the spring length is a little long for upgraded shackles. The present springs are 5 leaf 54" long by 1.75" wide units. The rear axel weight at the tires is 1,730 lbs. I do not have a welder and I cannot weld, so I would prefer to reuse the front spring perches rather than replace them. I have considered Eaton Spring but they want between $400 and $500 for a set and I think I can get a set at the bone yard for a lot less. Any suggestions?
 

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And I think the people you are going to meet are the guys who have wrecking yards and such..

This is the sort of deal where one takes his tape measure and goes shopping..

have you thought of an add-a-leaf..or some coil booster springs..I have had some success with those..

With those springs as narrow as they are a panhard bar might be the ticket ...tho we usually do not put panhard bars on leaf springs..

Otherwise it will be springing for the cash to have a suspension shop do the work..

As far as the sway is concerned the installation of a sway bar would be a good thing..I think Willys has some pics of one of his installs that he has done..He is on the board here..

I think he is [email protected] and he is not all that far from you..At least in the same state

Just my ideas of how to fix this one..:D
 

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Finding the desired length and width may not be too difficult, but finding one with the spring bolt in the correct place to center your wheel in the fender well will be the big challange. If the car is not sagging too low in the rear, I would look for replacement shocks that have coil springs on them (not to be confused with Coil Over Suspension) and I would install them as near vertical as possible and as far from the center line of the frame as possible.

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Trees, you are talking about helper springs or load levelers, right? My interest is in finding a shorter spring to improve the clearance between the shackle and the frame. The angle of the shackle lays back so far that it hits the frame and binds the spring. So I'm looking for a shorter spring to eliminate the binding problem. I'm going to contact Eaton Spring to see what they recommend.
 
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