Front Spring Tower Replacement 92-96 F150 - Ford F150 Forum - Community of Ford Truck Fans



Front Spring Tower Replacement 92-96 F150

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-21-2009, 02:28 AM   #1
1995 F-150 2wd, 4.9L 5-sp
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West VA
Posts: 65
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Front Spring Tower Replacement 92-96 F150

The front shock / spring towers on my '95 2wd F150 were rusty with heavy scale & needed replacement. Since the truck has 64,000 miles, and the rest of the body frame in great shape, I figured it's worth replacement. Here's a few pictures of the right side replacement.





Below is a picture of the coil spring retainer (top of spring)




The hammer tip points to the spot where the brake line & brake hose are joined. There is a spring clip that needs removed after the brake line is loosened. Make sure to use CRC Freeze Off (frees rusted threads), and cover the flare of the metal line with a piece of 3/16" ID rubber or vinyl hose (plugged with a bolt at one end). The capped hose will keep the line from emptying the master cylinder.





Here's the rubber suspension stopper. It's bolted on the underside of the spring tower.





Here's the bolt underside the removed spring tower. You'll need to transfer this to the new shock tower.





Removing the bottom coil spring retainer/washer makes the job easier. A deep well 1.25" socket & long 1/2" drive breaker bar was used.





There are 6 rivets that need removed, 4 on the frame side & two underneath. I drilled each rivet with a 1/8" pilot hole, then a 3/8", & finally a 1/2" hold. An air chisel knocked the heads right off, and a punch drifted out the other side of the rivet.




Here's the spring tower removed. Note the heavy scale, a little picking revealed a hole near the area where the spring rests.







Clean up of the frame is necessary to stop further decay. I used a paint similar to POR 15 and seems to hold up well.


Last edited by gearhead; 07-21-2009 at 02:53 AM.
gearhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2009, 02:59 AM   #2
1995 F-150 2wd, 4.9L 5-sp
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West VA
Posts: 65
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I used 1/2" x 13 threads per inch x 1.50" & accompanying nut, all Grade 8. A good hardware store or local Fastenall should carry or can order them.

gearhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2009, 03:07 AM   #3
Senior Member
5 Year Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Henderson, NV.
Posts: 4,639
Thanks: 0
Thanked 17 Times in 17 Posts
Default

Nice job gearhead, If you haven't already put it in the "How to Section".
Good old Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2009, 03:13 AM   #4
1995 F-150 2wd, 4.9L 5-sp
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West VA
Posts: 65
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thanks Bill. I'll snap pictures of the completed job sometime later this week. I also replaced the radius arms as they had heavy scale & plan on keeping the truck another 100.000 + miles. I probably could have sandblasted the old arms, but at $70 each new, the old ones were not worth my time to sandblast.

Last edited by gearhead; 07-21-2009 at 03:16 AM.
gearhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2009, 10:30 AM   #5
Mechanicalmike08
5 Year Member
 
Mechanicalmike08's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: St Francis Wisconsin
Posts: 423
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Default

Where did you buy the new towers?
Mechanicalmike08 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2009, 11:42 PM   #6
1995 F-150 2wd, 4.9L 5-sp
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West VA
Posts: 65
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mechanicalmike08 View Post
Where did you buy the new towers?
Local Ford dealership had them in stock, apparently it's somewhat common problem. I think they were $80-100 each. One thing I'd definitely do is spray undercoat the spring tower before mounting. Then spray the nuts & bolts after installing. I plan on using Fluid Film on the entire underside, including frame rails & inside panels.

http://www.fluid-film.com/products/index.html
gearhead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2010, 01:29 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Need HELP!!

I need this same part. (spring/shock tower). I have tried all 10 salvage yards within a 50 mile radius two dealerships and numerous parts stores. I've even searched online and I am not able to locate a new or used one. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP???
jherr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2010, 02:24 PM   #8
Plays with cars
5 Year Member
 
62champ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: NE PA
Posts: 123
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

My local Ford dealer (eastern PA) has them listed on their system and even has a pair in stock (Guy behind the parts counter says them keep those and rear spring shackles in stock all the time).

If your local Ford dealer does not show them - contact a dealer in an area that dumps tons of salt on the roads every winter.


Good luck.
62champ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 10:18 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default tower replacement

Hello Gearhead, Thanks for the pics of the tower replacement job. I have a 96 f150 4x4 5.0 and need to do the same. What did you replace the rivets with that you removed? bolts I assume was there access to put them in? Thanks maddog5487
maddog 5487 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 10:22 PM   #10
We'd do it
5 Year Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Just call me Sean's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Orlando,Fl.
Posts: 32,624
Thanked 421 Times in 377 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by maddog 5487 View Post
Hello Gearhead, Thanks for the pics of the tower replacement job. I have a 96 f150 4x4 5.0 and need to do the same. What did you replace the rivets with that you removed? bolts I assume was there access to put them in? Thanks maddog5487
Right here:

Quote:
Originally Posted by gearhead View Post
I used 1/2" x 13 threads per inch x 1.50" & accompanying nut, all Grade 8. A good hardware store or local Fastenall should carry or can order them.

Just call me Sean is online now   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2004 Ford F150 Truck New Body Style Power Heated Turn Signal Upgrade Dual Arm Towing 1ATony Vendor Showcase 12 09-14-2016 02:57 PM
2004 Ford F150 4r75w Question alsatropine 2004 - 2008 Ford F150 3 09-15-2015 12:21 PM
What kind of shocks are you running? SC67 Suspension & Brakes 3 09-12-2015 09:04 AM
Did a Tune Up WOW! LEBScrew13 2009 - 2014 Ford F150 18 09-04-2015 05:56 PM
2004 F150 proven longevity. jerome_ervin 2004 - 2008 Ford F150 4 09-03-2015 06:51 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:14 AM.


Copyright 2006 - 2016 F150Forum.com