MB/GPW Jeep Rear Leaf Spring Installation
Classic Jeeps such as the Willys MB and the Ford GPW aren’t just fascinating pieces of history, but they’re also fascinating vehicles to restore. However, to get the most out of your restoration project, you need to know what parts to have and how to use them. This guide will take you step-by-step through an MB/GPW Jeep rear leaf spring installation so you can avoid making simple mistakes when doing it yourself.
To begin, make sure you have your leaf spring and a leaf spring pivot eye bushing. Place the bushing into the front of the leaf spring. Once the leaf spring pivot eye bushing is inside of the leaf spring, seek out the leaf spring to frame pivot eye bracket.
Take the leaf spring with the bushing inside and insert it into the leaf spring to frame pivot eye bracket. Make sure the leaf spring is firmly connected to the bracket and the bushing properly aligns with the bracket opening (use a mallet to tap it into place if necessary).
If the leaf spring pivot eye bushing is properly aligned within the leaf spring to frame pivot eye bracket, you should be able to slide the leaf spring pivot eye bolt inside with ease. Next, place a nut over the rear of the leaf spring pivot eye bolt, which should be protruding from the opposite side of the bracket. Use a wrench to tighten the bolt, thus causing the bolt to work its way farther and farther into the bracket, where it will remain snug and secure.
Afterward, remove the nut and, in its place, slide a lock washer onto the bolt. Then, put the nut back onto the bracket and tighten it over the lock washer. Once the lock washer and nut are both securely tightened in place, locate the nearby opening on the end of the bolt. Just to prevent any confusion, you’re going to use the opening on the opposite end of the bolt later, but for now, you’re using the opening near the locker washer/nut.
Slide a cotter pin through this opening, using needle-nose pliers to peel back the ends of the cotter pin, so that one end stretches over the tip of the bolt. Finally, turn your attention to the opposite end of the bolt, on which there should be a large opening facing you. Place your grease fitting inside the opening, and once you tighten it into place, you’re all done with your MB/GPW Jeep rear leaf spring installation. At Army Jeep Parts, we can provide you with a wide range of additional Willys Jeep parts for your installation project, including but not limited to castle hex nuts, spring eye bushings, shock absorbers, and leaf spring clips.