’46 Studebaker M16 front leaf spring bushings

I am planning to use the old Studebaker truck to move some stuff in the next month or so and I want to deal with the worn front leaf spring bushings first as the truck gets the shakes at around 30 MPH.

I checked Studebaker International and saw that leaf spring bushings for the front of my M16 are available and inexpensive.

Then I had a look at the truck to see if it looked like it was going to be a relatively simple job to change them… or not.

Most of the bushings are so worn they pretty much might as well not be there at all.
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It appears that at some point in the past the front passenger side spring mounting hardware broke and somebody (likely the farmer in Alberta who owned the truck for a long time) put a big bolt in place to secure the front of the leaf spring to the mount.

This is the drivers side front spring mount: old but factory original.
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This is the same thing on the passenger side: “fixed” with a big old square headed bolt.
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Looks like a bit of metal repair will be needed to get that back to stock.

While I was looking at the leaf springs, I noticed that the heavy-duty bumper, which I am planning to replace with an actual Studebaker bumper, is welded to the frame. Oh well, the saga begins…
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2 Responses to ’46 Studebaker M16 front leaf spring bushings

  1. tony says:

    looking for a gas tank for my 47 M16, I found your blog. it is just like mine, only mine is more faded but still a working truck. I just delivered a ton of alfalfa yesterday!

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