Left front suspension leaf/ blade marked with L

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Left front suspension leaf/ blade marked with L

Post by AWOL43 » Wed Jun 12, 2024 7:49 am

Looking for the little suspension leaf/ blade for the left front of my ‘42 GPW which is marked with an ‘L’.
If you have or know one available then please let me know.

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Re: Left front suspension leaf/ blade marked with L

Post by TR BUCK » Wed Jun 12, 2024 4:28 pm

I have individual leaves from a 1942 GPW, left front.

Do you have a photo of what you are looking for?

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Re: Left front suspension leaf/ blade marked with L

Post by AWOL43 » Thu Jun 13, 2024 2:48 pm

TR, thanks for your reply. Looking for GPW leafs/ blades with a little L in them. Often people don’t even notice them. This topic talks about them.

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I believe the L only shows on the smallest/shortest leaf/ blade. If you have any leafs with that little ‘L’ on them I am Interested. Thanks.

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Re: Left front suspension leaf/ blade marked with L

Post by TR BUCK » Thu Jun 13, 2024 4:23 pm

I will take a look, and get back to you.

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Re: Left front suspension leaf/ blade marked with L

Post by TR BUCK » Fri Jun 14, 2024 4:03 pm

Checked my stock of leaf springs, I found no L stamped leaves.
My 42 GPW did have the Willys style front springs.

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Re: Left front suspension leaf/ blade marked with L

Post by pgcf » Sat Jun 15, 2024 7:17 am

When you are looking, the "L" on a GPW it is stamped on the #8 spring at the front of the spring.

On MB's it is painted on the #2 spring in flat yellow paint or ink using a 1/2" stencil, it is a solid block style "L".

This is all because there is a different tension strength between the left and right springs. Throughout production, the left and right front springs have different part numbers.

This same marking methodology carried over to the late war 10/11 spring assemblies as well. There was not a difference between left and right for the rear spring assemblies.

If you are looking for an original MB left front spring, the Willys MBT trailer uses 2 of the A-612 (left) spring assemblies. I do not think they painted on the "L" in the trailer application. Plan B is, put more of an arch into the left springs when you are having them re-arched. The torque reaction spring pulls them down when they are all bolted together.

Hope this helps,
Peter

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Re: Left front suspension leaf/ blade marked with L

Post by zoob » Mon Jul 08, 2024 2:38 pm

I remember seeing some NOS spring leaves many years ago with a block letter "L" painted in white on them. I assume it indicated for the left front side spring pack. Unfortunately, I had no camera with me to proove what I am saying. FYI. Zoob.

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Re: Left front suspension leaf/ blade marked with L

Post by zoob » Mon Jul 08, 2024 2:40 pm

To add to what I said before, I do have a pair of NOS MBT springs. They have no "L", but do have the Willys part number stenciled on them. A-612...from memory??? FYI. Zoob.

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Re: Left front suspension leaf/ blade marked with L

Post by pgcf » Mon Jul 08, 2024 3:54 pm

Zoob,

That makes sense, it's the same spring pack for both sides on the trailer so no need for the "L".

It was only the when they went to the Willys assembly line that they needed to be marked with the "L". I've seen several NOS spring assemblies with the part numbers on them. Same goes for the individual springs. This was part of the resupply and post war needs not an assembly line requirement.

Looking at pictures of assembly line painting it is easy to see how it might have been painted over. I've only had one jeep that had the remnants of a yellow "L" still visible.

Thanks for sharing,
Peter


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