Categories: Tech Articles
Yesterday at the shop we reversed the main leaf for the front of Joe Malki's ForDor - this is pretty simple tech, and is the fastest, cheapest way to get a couple inches of lower on your Early Ford. Step one is to obviously dis-assemble the spring back, clamp it, take hte bolt out, and slowing back the clamp off. Next we like to lay the spring on the floor, and draw the arc of the spring out with some chalk. Next, mark the spring in 1 1/2" increments from one end to the other, and the top of the leaf. I fogot to snap a picture of this, but basically starting from the hole in the center, make a mark ever 1 1/2" down the spring until you get about 2" from the rolled portion at the end. From here we go to the press, and place to blocks 5" apart, and press each mark that we made on the spring 5 times each. We bring the press down until it makes contact on the leaf, then give it five hits with the press, and move to the next mark. Continue back and forth along the lenght of the spring until it is prefectly straight. This may take a few passes. Don't get impatient and try to do 6-7 hits per mark, as you may kink the leaf, by trying to bend too much at a time in one location. Once you get it straight, continue the process in the same direction, until you have the correct arch going in the opposite direction. Re-assemble the spring and enjoy your new ride height!