Leaf spring spreader tool

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  1. BLUESMOBILEPERTH

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    Hi everyone

    I have a 1976 dodge Monaco aka a Bluesmobile and am changing the bushes in the rear leaf springs. I have a manual and it says to use a spreader tool to relieve tension on the rear mount (see attached image from manual). Can anyone advise how to do this safely without the special tool?

    Paul

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    commando1 Old Man With a Hat on the Porch FCBO Gold Member

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    Thousands have done this job without any special tool.
     
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    Yes it looks straightforward but the book warns to never do it without using this tool so i need some feedback from someone who has actually done this job and can advise exactly how to do it safely.

     
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    bluefury361 Old Man with a Hat

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    I recently changed the rear shackles on my 67 Coronet. Raise the car to relax the spring. Support the axle. Disconnect the lower shock absorber, Unbolt the spring perch nuts & U bolts. Remove the rear shackle bolts. (A drift pin may be handy here). Remove the front bushing bolt & nut. Replace the bushing.... Reverse assemble. No special tool needed.
     
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    Yup, jack car up by frame then separately Jack up the rear end to relieve pressure. You just jack the rear to the 'right' place to minimize tension.
     
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    I have changed a lot of leaf springs on both cars and trucks, I never knew there was a special tool. I you follow what was suggested in the 2 posts above you will get the job done.
     
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    Thanks for the reply but the spreader tool only applies to C bodies from 75 to 78 so yours is a different set up.

     
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    Go buy a spreader if your scared of doing the job.....:poke:
     
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    commando1 Old Man With a Hat on the Porch FCBO Gold Member

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    :rofl:
     
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    thanks for everyone's response but it is obvious that no one who responded has actually removed the leaf springs from a 1975-78 C body. I ended up making my own spreader tool and the manual is correct.. DON'T attempt to remove the springs without the tool as it is dangerous to remove and impossible to replace them without one.
     
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    Okay. Glad you got the job done.
    Did you happen to take any pics to show us how the tool you made works ?
     
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    I will I do when I refit the springs.
     
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    commando1 Old Man With a Hat on the Porch FCBO Gold Member

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    I don't know how to respond to this particular statement when you are obviously a total asshole.
     
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    commando1 Old Man With a Hat on the Porch FCBO Gold Member

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    This is why the Metric threads are becoming the better part of FCBO.
     
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    Just pointing out a fact dickhead
     
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    There's nothing special about your year car, the leaf spring is the same as in our older cars. I've done it on multiple vehicles and never used anything more than hand tools. Glad it worked out for you, and please, share those pictures, we all love homemade tools, I've got a couple!
     
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    I will post some photos and then it will be clear that it can't be done without a tool to spread the spring as it is under tension so if any bolts are just done without the tool it will violently spring back under load.
     
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    I use a 2x4 stretcher when I do springs, but they are hard to come by and impossible to fabricate yourself...
     
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    I'm always looking to learn and interested in what was special here. You're right I've never done it on a formal. And you're also right that all leafs are under tension
     
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    Nothing
     
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