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Question regarding rear leaf springs


There is a spring shop in Charlottetown I bet, there is one in Bridgewater. Call Morley Annear trucking in montague, theyll know where to get it done.

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There's an "Ask PEI" group on Facebook. I'll post a question there to see if there are spring shops here. To be honest I'd rather just get the springs and install them myself. I don't really want to leave the truck at a shop for who knows how long to have them do it.



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I called our local parts supplier. $1200 EACH for leaf springs.


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I called our local parts supplier. $1200 EACH for leaf springs.


 WHAT ! thats crazy



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Where does he get them Todd? Kevins right, crazy.

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I'm not sure where he gets them. He didn't seem too eager to help me out. I do have some good news however. I posted on "Ask PEI" if anyone knew of a spring shop on PEI and get this: I get a message from a fellow who runs a shop one road over from my place ("AA Automotive") who does leaf spring repairs. I've seen the place and thought is was just some guys cool private workshop since there aren't any signs. I'm going to pop over tomorrow and he'll take a look and determine if I can get away with just replacing the leaf or a complete do over.


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In my estimation, shouldn't be $1200 to do both sides...Maybe 3 hours labour, plus parts.

But C19 has driven pricing crazy, but if he can fix it, then you can use your truck for its purpose.....

Keep us posted

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The $1200 each quote was striclty parts pricing. If I bought the springs I was going to install them myself. I'll report later what the parts and labour quote is from the shop near my house. 



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So I met "Buck" the mechanic. Interesting fellow. He says we can get away with just replacing the one leaf. $250-300 all in and 2.5-3 weeks before he can get to it. Looks like I'll go that route.

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So you get to strip out the broken spring kit and he gives you back a renewed assembly. One side only.

Your labour?

 

So your truck will be tied up for one to two days after he says Go!



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Who does the labour?



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Buck the mechanic does the work. His quote was parts/labour and taxes. I'd do them myself but it wouldn't be until spring (which means failing inspection) as my barn is full of winter storage. I also did a number on my shoulder about a month ago (not sure exactly what I was doing to cause the injury) and really need to stop stressing it or it will never heal.

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I'd say if he's doing the work for that price that's a great deal!

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I'd say if he's doing the work for that price that's a great deal!


  For sure. Go Buck.



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So, $1200x2 =$2400, + your labour (any car guy close to retired should get $50/hour) say 6 hours stopping hourly to survey the work and have a beer = $300 +$100 for doing it yourself +tax....not straining your back and being so sore for a week.....Lets round it off at $3000

As I see it you are up at Least $2700... Flip him a tip or bottle for doing it "so quickly" and that should move you closer to the front of the line the next time you need him....


Pretty good math..

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With that new winch you will be able to haul logs for a "spring" workout.

Break out the log splitter.

 



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Way ahead of you Cliff. One log already dragged out and has been blocked and split. We're in the midst of blocking and splitting the big maple that went down. This will all be firewood for next year (currently 45% moisture). Now I'm on the hunt for dead trees that went down that I could possibly use this year. I'd like to burn a little more wood this year than previous years.


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You're in for a good workout Todd. You'll be buff when done! That's hard work.



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I'll be either buff or broken when I'm done!
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You're in for a good workout Todd. You'll be buff when done! That's hard work.


 



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My buddy gave me a snatch block, great for pulling things out of the woods. Also use it for pulling trees leaning the wrong way when chain sawing them down. Its a big rugged one with a side loader for the rope. 



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I don't know if you want to travel to Moncton NB, there is a big spring shop on Edinburg Drive and from the web site it appears as thought they have a lot of stock , just saying 

I have attached their link for you. 

I live close , if I can be of any help, get back to me .

regards Dale 

https://www.easternspringworks.net/



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Thanks Dale. I'll look into them as well


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I spoke to Eastern Spring Works. They do stock complete sets of springs for my truck. $370 each plus shipping and taxes. I'm going to go with having the one leaf replaced but will keep them in mind in case I need to replace all of them in the future.


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Hey Todd

That is great, you've got a plan.

From my experience with rear springs on my 85 the main was obviously cracked and looked similar to your truck, right above the differential. 

However when I jacked the truck to support the weight of the truck and left the differential on the shop floor, I cut the U bolts with my mini grinder, the spring set including one or two helpers broke apart, I had to replace the complete set. 

The second issue I ran into was when I completed the change out on the right side springs of the truck , and put the weight back to the shop floor , the truck sat high on the right side by quite a bit , I can't remember exactly the measurement, but it was quite obvious to the naked eye.  Then I when through the task of having the other side removed and had those springs re arched. Guess what happen then ?  you got it, the main cracked on that set, so in the end I replaced both sets.   

Sorry if this is not encouraging, just sharing my past experience . Good Luck with your project.

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Hopefully that's not the case with mine. If so I'll have to order a complete set from that supplier in Moncton.

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