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EFV-8 Club Forum / 3/4 and 1 Ton Truck Discussion / F-3 broken spring

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09-05-2023 @ 5:16 AM
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I have a 1949 F-3 pickup, flathead V-8 4 speed non-synchro tranny.
Here is the problem; I have a broken front right leaf spring. And, it is the main leaf spring, not just a smaller 'helper' spring.

So what do I do?
1. Are there replacement leafs available somewhere?
2. Should I replace the entire spring set?
3. If I replace the entire spring set should I also replace the front left spring set too, as it is 70+ years old too.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

09-05-2023 @ 6:39 AM
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Eaton Spring
Southside Obsolete
Chuck's Trucks

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09-05-2023 @ 7:10 AM
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For the matter of safety I would replace both springs. Also check the wear on the shackles. It would be a good idea to replace those to at the same time.

09-19-2023 @ 9:09 AM
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51504bat and triford8,
Your good advice is well taken. Thank you. I contacted Chuck's Trucks as per your suggestion and as it happens he had two NOS springs and spring accessories for my F-3. I ordered them up and they were delivered today. So all is good so far. I'm going to have a local guy (old timer that worked on these when they were the workhorses of the day) install them at his repair shop/garage.
I will keep you posted.

09-20-2023 @ 7:07 AM
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Always replace in pairs.
When I had my service shop back in the 70's to 80's, guys would insist on replacing only the spring that had broken. I'd explain to them why that was not a good approach.
I do not recall a single time when these same clients did not return in a rather short period of time to get the other side replaced.

John, in my opinion, you did the proper thing by obtaining both springs.

Mike "Kube" Kubarth

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