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    I am replacing some very worn out original rear leaf springs (original business coupe only had 3 leaves, I'm replacing with the standard 4-leaf from the coupe/sedan). After reading a few old posts, I was very concerned about removing/replacing the shackle bushings in the frame.

    I read Chuck Collins's write up on his web site (StudebakerParts.Com) and he's a genius! I had both out in 45 minutes, and the replacements took even less time to get back in. The new springs came with bushings, so I didn't have to R&R those.

    Thanks, Chuck, and for everyone else, take advantage of his write-ups on his site - I am no longer amazed at how many smarter (than me) people own Studebakers.

    Las Vegas, NV
    '51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434

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    quote:Originally posted by vegas paul

    I am replacing some very worn out original rear leaf springs (original business coupe only had 3 leaves, I'm replacing with the standard 4-leaf from the coupe/sedan). After reading a few old posts, I was very concerned about removing/replacing the shackle bushings in the frame.
    I read Chuck Collins's write up on his web site (StudebakerParts.Com) and he's a genius! I had both out in 45 minutes, and the replacements took even less time to get back in. The new springs came with bushings, so I didn't have to R&R those.
    Thanks, Chuck, and for everyone else, take advantage of his write-ups on his site - I am no longer amazed at how many smarter (than me) people own Studebakers.
    His procedure is fine for a rust-free, dry-area car, but for most of us the problem is getting the "through" bolt out when it is totally frozen to the inner part of the bushing. The only way I could get them out was to cut them off between the bushing and the shackle using a "Sawzall". I went through something like five of the best blades I could buy just to get out two bolts.

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    Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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      Ouch... Sounds like a lot of work. I guess I was very fortunate to have a dry climate car that didn't have that corrosion. Anyway, even with my good luck, I probably wouldn't have figured out his method on my own. Goes to show you... a combination of dumb luck and good advice sometimes makes everything work out OK.

      Las Vegas, NV
      '51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434

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