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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 10, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Leaf Spring Help?

Hello everyone. I just finished adding global west front suspension for my 67 Camaro convertible. When I started the back I had two problems, for which I'm seeking guidance. (1) the most forward bolt of the leaf spring retainer started to thread out, but appears stripped. I have all else out, but that bolt is half in/out. It wobbles, so the threading may already be messed up. I'm thinking about cutting the bolt and then deal with it at a shop (in garage now) after I install everything. Thoughts? (2) any trick to loosening the back shackle bolts. Can't get a socket with breaker to fit--they designed that to never be worked on. Will buy pipe that will fit over wrench tomorrow and will try for leverage. Thanks everyone. Mark
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Hello everyone. I just finished adding global west front suspension for my 67 Camaro convertible. When I started the back I had two problems, for which I'm seeking guidance. (1) the most forward bolt of the leaf spring retainer started to thread out, but appears stripped. I have all else out, but that bolt is half in/out. It wobbles, so the threading may already be messed up. I'm thinking about cutting the bolt and then deal with it at a shop (in garage now) after I install everything. Thoughts? (2) any trick to loosening the back shackle bolts. Can't get a socket with breaker to fit--they designed that to never be worked on. Will buy pipe that will fit over wrench tomorrow and will try for leverage. Thanks everyone. Mark
Mark, cut the bolt off. Once you have the springs removed you will have to grind/cut the remaining bit out. The j-nuts as they are called has spun on you. Replace all j-nuts while you are at it. You can get them at your Ace hardware store. They are extruded and stamped CIP. Many posts on this issue. The back shackles are a bear. I have removed them two ways. Either with the gas tank in or out. It is easier to get to if you take the tank out. Which is not bad either.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 10, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Leaf Spring Help?

Thanks so much! I'll get the j-nuts tomorrow (should have brought a bolt with me so I'd know the correct size). I got a pipe to cover a wrench for a breaker bar--now I just need to eat some spinach and see what happens. Mark
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 10, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Leaf Spring Help?

Maybe that 383 stroker that's been sitting in a box for a year+ may finally get installed before year's end.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 10, 10:53 AM
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Maybe that 383 stroker that's been sitting in a box for a year+ may finally get installed before year's end.
Funny...I have one of those too!...only mine is on an engine stand...

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Jul 26th, 10, 07:14 PM
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These kits have everything you need to put the leafs back in (other than front eye bushings) and come with GOOD j-nuts which can be hard to come by. The picture shows T-bolts but they come with U-bolts.

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http://www.drclassic.com/catalog/Cam...on/K00166.html

Multi leaf
http://www.drclassic.com/catalog/Cam...on/K00167.html


My advice if you've never had the leafs out is to drop the tank. You'll more than likely have to clean the frame holes up anyway if you're going to put in new bushings.

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Once again, thanks. Successfully cut and new parts on the way.
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