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Old 01-07-2015, 01:42 PM   #11
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:21 PM   #12
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When I pulled the hub off and started to inspect the rest of the suspension, I noticed that the left leaf spring at some time in it's life, had it pretty rough.
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:29 PM   #13
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So.....The hunt for parts began. After many months, I finally tracked down the complete front suspension from hub to hub from a salvage yard near Dallas Texas. Here is the donor bus getting dragged around by a huge forklift!! I felt sorry for that poor little bus, but I'm quite thankful for it donor parts! ;)

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Old 01-07-2015, 07:40 PM   #14
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Work began on taking apart the donor front end. I then had the springs re-arched and new bushings put in. I ordered new seals, inspection caps, and pins.
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:54 PM   #15
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Then...the winter of 2013 set in. The bus was lonely all winter long with the left hub and wheel removed. I was anxiously waiting for spring so I could get it rolling again. Sure looked nice out in the snow though. IMG_0641 by wesslewis, on FlickrIMG_0635 by wesslewis, on DSC03849 by wesslewis, on Flickr
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:56 PM   #16
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When I saw that spring my eyes got big! You are so lucky that didn't completely break while you were driving! Looks like you've done the right repair so all should be good. Jack
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Thanks for the pix. I don't think I've ever seen a leaf spring broken in half before. Be glad you caught it bud!
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When I saw that spring my eyes got big! You are so lucky that didn't completely break while you were driving! Looks like you've done the right repair so all should be good. Jack
My eyes also did the same thing when I noticed it!! I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I've never seen a spring cracked in half.....let alone two of them.

After this incident, I began to wonder why I didn't inspect the bus a lot closer before I purchased it. But then again....I was a bit intimidated by the bus in the beginning. My mindset was such, that I didn't really know too much about big rigs or buses so I really wouldn't know what to look for. Turns out, They are no different than any car or truck.....You just need bigger tools to work on them!
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Old 01-07-2015, 11:58 PM   #19
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Thanks for the pix. I don't think I've ever seen a leaf spring broken in half before. Be glad you caught it bud!
I'm really glad I caught it also.....I've done some pretty thorough looking around on and under the bus since then, mostly everything seems to be in good order.
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Broken leaf springs aren't uncommon. I've seen quite a few with em at the many auctions.
One of my rear air springs is on its way out. They have a lot of weight put on them in their lives.
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