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Hi all,

need again your help in dinding some bushings.

The rubber bushings of the leaf springs on my '68 Elorado are dry and worn.


In summary I need 12 rubber bushings ([email protected] of leaf Springs and [email protected] rear of leaf springs), but can't find the right ones in the WWW.

I am puzzled about the size I need and if they are all the same or different size?

Any help with this search is highly appreciated.

Thanks

Lars
 

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Thanks for this investigation.

The rear ones (upper and lower) seems to be full rubber without metal housing - so the only thing I can imagine is that the front leaf spring bushing is one with metal housing (or the part is wrong?).
Anyway I wrote the seller of the item to tell me the dimensions and which location this part belongs to.

Cheers

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Hi guys,

short update about the sellers answer to my question:

He wrote "It would fit for the rear section of the vehicle, in the front position."

So it seems that the front ones are this ones @talismandave (assume its Dave :yup:) proposed.

Has someone tried yet if they really fit?:confused:
Sorry for the question - wish I could try it so easy like you guys - just order and check the dimensions, but it is not so easy from Germany to try several things which at the end could not fit properly :helpless:

Looking foreward for your experiences.

Thanks

Lars
 

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Hi guys,

short update about the sellers answer to my question:

He wrote "It would fit for the rear section of the vehicle, in the front position."

So it seems that the front ones are this ones @talismandave (assume its Dave :yup:) proposed.

Has someone tried yet if they really fit?:confused:
Sorry for the question - wish I could try it so easy like you guys - just order and check the dimensions, but it is not so easy from Germany to try several things which at the end could not fit properly :helpless:

Looking foreward for your experiences.

Thanks

Lars
Hey Lars,
Since you and I are both in Germany, why don't you meassure your bushings and let me know. Because I have some lying around with no use and maybe they fit.
 

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I sent you the measurements of the ones I have. Let me know if they would fit.
 

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So guys,

I have finished the new bushings for the leaf springs exercise successfully. :)

Summary of parts needed:

Rear lower bushings & rear upper bushings parts: 2 sets (8pcs) of Steele Rubber part # 70-3344-35



!!!Attention: Steele Rubber offers part # 70-3345-35 for the rear upper, but this bushings are far to small!!!


Front bushing: 2 pcs of Rare Parts part # RP36139


@70eldo
The front bushings dimensions are exaclty the same as yours

Tried to get the front bushings out by heating the leaf spring eye and using a hammer to drive bushing out - forget about all manual trials like that - you will fail like I did - without a hydraulic press there is no chance to get the bushing out and the new ones in!

Here are some pics of the leaf spring with the old front bushing and the new front bushing and from the original spring insulators

Leaf spring front bushing




Leaf spring front bushing outer side



Leaf spring front bushing inner side









 

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This space of 5mm I got after nearly 1 hour trial to drive bushing manually out with a hammer :p :p :p


Left leaf spring inner side - cut the rubber to better drive/press it out because it was larger than the leaf spring eye diameter





Old bushings after pressed out with hydraulic press




New bushing


Leaf Spring with new bushing inner side



Leaf Spring with new bushing outer side



Lower spring insulater outer side (towards axle shackle)


Lower spring insulater inner side (towards leaf spring)
 

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Upper spring insulater outer side (towards shock shackle)


Upper spring insulater inner side (towards leaf spring)


Upper spring insulater on lower spring insulator (as mounted when around leaf spring in axle/shock shackle)


Lower spring insulater on upper spring insulator (upside down as mounted)


Cheers

Lars
 

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Very cool write up and good for the next poor soul to need it!:highfive:
 

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Thanks - it is like always - with the right tools and 2 more helping hands to change the 10 bushings of the leaf springs is not really a big deal.

Cheers

Lars
 
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