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Old 05-24-2018
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Default FC leafspring shackle pins

Hey all, long time since I’ve posted, lots going on. This post however is a cry for help. I just got all new leaf springs installed by a reputable suspension shop, and with it came all new hardware. Today while under the bus for other reasons, i saw that the upper shackle pins do not look long enough, they don’t meet flush with the shackle. I am hoping someone here could snap a pic or just visually confirm that the pin is supposed to be recessed and not closer to flush like the lower pin See attached pics, TIA.

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Hey all, long time since I’ve posted, lots going on. This post however is a cry for help. I just got all new leaf springs installed by a reputable suspension shop, and with it came all new hardware. Today while under the bus for other reasons, i saw that the upper shackle pins do not look long enough, they don’t meet flush with the shackle. I am hoping someone here could snap a pic or just visually confirm that the pin is supposed to be recessed and not closer to flush like the lower pin See attached pics, TIA.

Adam
I would get longer pins put in.
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I agree,those look too short to me.
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Thanks guys, that’s what I thought.
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Slotted pins look weird, Are they recessed in that hole??
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So after taking it back to superior spring, they showed me the original pins, and they are the same. They sad they have seen it many times on old, straight, leafspring trucks, like fire trucks and busses. The inner boss is tappered so the pin can’t go any further in. The outer is a straight boss, but the pin has a key way cut into it where a bolt passed through and locks it in.
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So after taking it back to superior spring, they showed me the original pins, and they are the same. They sad they have seen it many times on old, straight, leafspring trucks, like fire trucks and busses. The inner boss is tappered so the pin can’t go any further in. The outer is a straight boss, but the pin has a key way cut into it where a bolt passed through and locks it in.
It's been about 25 years since I installed leaf springs on an FC so my recollection of how the pins should look may be just a little fuzzy and your guys should know what they're talking about but I must say I'm still skeptical.

Maybe Mike Putz will weight in - he's a leaf spring aficionado.
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Those pins are too short. I've changed out springs in a 1963 Bluebird and a 1978 Bluebird and both were flush.
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Those pins are too short. I've changed out springs in a 1963 Bluebird and a 1978 Bluebird and both were flush.
Hey mike I am going to do the springs in my 78. What’s the best way to go about getting the right springs? Do I measure from pin of the front hanger to pin of the rear hanger? Mine are pretty flat.
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On my 1980 the upper pin is recessed like the one in Tramp's pic and the lower one is flush...



I would guess they are original judging by appearance...
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