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1962 Hawk Rear Spring Installation

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  • Frame/Springs: 1962 Hawk Rear Spring Installation

    In my Hawk rebuild I replaced all springs. I noticed that the forward end of the leaf springs have worked their way such that each now rests against the inner part of the car frame. I had them centrally located and now see that they have a mind of their own. What might I do to get them hanging properly? a function of placement at the axle/u-bolts? chet445

  • #2
    You will never get them centered. There was an Avanti fix that I have been using for years, but you will play hell trying to get them centered.


    • #3
      I kind of figured that but was hopeful that someone had the experience and solved the problem. I intend then to just make hard rubber washers and poke in to eliminate the noise from their rubbing.


      • #4
        The Avanti fix is in AOIA News Letter #9 Spring 1967 pages 5-6. I used UHMW plastic bar stock and machined my own bushes and used stainless steel sleeves that I machined up to space each hanger bracket so they didn't squeak.


        • #5
          It is due to what in my opinion is a bad bushing design. I replaced the bushings on my '62 with Delrin bushings I made, (I assume much like the Avanti fix above). They work great, and stop the rear of the car from "wallowing", shifting left and right over the axle.
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          Here are my new bushings, next to the factory ones:
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          • #6
            bensherb, where can I obtain the bushings you have shown in the picture? If others have the same problem then it would be beneficial to all. chet


            • #7
              bensherb I sent you a PM!


              • #8
                I removed my 63 GT Hawk gas tank and am currently looking at re-bushing my rear springs. I was looking at the same problem presented in this topic and would like to obtain a set of Delrin bushings as pictured in your post.
                I have already re-bushed the front end A-frames and am very impressed with how much better the Delrin bushings work in that application.
                I will send a PM to you.