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Centering pin on the 57"

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by big pappa b, Jun 8, 2004.

  1. big pappa b

    big pappa b 3/4 ton status

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    Centering pin on the 57\"

    I haven't heard it talked about before but today I installed the 57" and am having a hell of a time getting the centering pin to go into the spring perch. Anyone know if the pin on the f*rd 57 are the same or bigger than the stock 52's /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
  2. Corey 78K5

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    Re: Centering pin on the 57\"

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    I haven't heard it talked about before but I can't get it in the hole

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    There fixed it for Ya /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    The center pins on My 57's fit the spring perches on My 14 bolt no problem.
     
  3. BadDog

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    Re: Centering pin on the 57\"

    Yes, they are bigger. I chucked the pin into a drill and ran it against a grinder going the opposite way. Basically po-boy lathe. You can also drill the perches, but that's a one way trip without weld and redrill...
     
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    Re: Centering pin on the 57\"

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    I haven't heard it talked about before but I can't get it in the hole

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    There fixed it for Ya /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    Getting it in isn't the problem, it's a matter of how long it stays there /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif


    And thanks Russ, that sounds like the path I'll be taking. It doesn't look like I will need to take a lot off. I knew something was up when both sides didn't go in
     
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    Re: Centering pin on the 57\"

    The 57's use a 7/16" center pin, the Chev springs use a 3/8" center pin. I drilled my perches to 5/8" which really didn't do anything more than clean the hole up. I suspect the hole was originally very close to 5/8" anyways, but rust and crud made it smaller.

    rene
     

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