There was a time when trucks were built for work purposes, to haul and tow loads. Over the years, as competitors rose to the occasion to out-do Ford’s F-Series models, the company had to do the same and not only out-design their competitors, but also themselves while still remaining true to the model. Like with any automotive manufacturing company, modifications came with improvements not only to the exterior, but also the interior.
As technology evolved, so did the automotive industry and with it, the engineering parts that would make it a precision-running vehicle. For this role, the suspension system played an important part.
History of the Ford F Series
The Ford F150 has different types of builds categorized in generations from lightweight to medium sized pick-up trucks. Throughout this time, Ford kept what worked and scratched what didn’t. The very first official F150 model in the first generation was built in 1948. However, General Spring stocks leaf springs for the Ford F150 model dating back to 1942! In 1953, the newer version increased dimensions and as a result, updated the chassis.
It wasn’t until 1959 that that Ford began in-house production of the third generation, the four-wheel-drive pick-up trucks that were built in 1957-60. So, it could be reasoned that any automotive parts, especially the suspension system for the first two generations of Ford F150 trucks might be a little difficult to find, even for Ford manufacturers. To expect Ford to keep suspension parts for a model that was made almost 68 years ago would require an additional amount of warehouse space that may not be worth the expense since classic Fords are more of a collector’s item now.Even from the third generation to the sixth, these models are old enough for their parts to be almost obsolete.
Where to Get Classic Suspension Replacement Parts
General Spring, a leaf spring and suspension parts manufacturer since 1965, knows exactly what type of leaf spring you might need for your F150 model, no matter what year it is. For example, the 1942-1952 Ford ½ Tone Front Leaf Spring has 8 leaves with a spring capacity of 850 lbs., and is solder in pairs. What’s more is that you can order these springs online.
While the earlier leaf springs models have a limited weight capacity, the springs dating up to 1972 can hold up to 1,250 lbs. However, this set of leaf springs has only 6 leaves. These springs are also sold in pairs.
You can view our full list of leaf springs for the Ford truck online here.
How to Get Your Leaf Springs for Your F150
You have the option of placing your order with us online, or you can call and talk to one of our service mechanics directly at 888-829-0619. We can ship your leaf spring out to you anywhere in the United States. If you’re local to the New Century, KS area, stop by our service shop and one of our representatives will be more than happy to check out your truck and suggest the right type of leaf suspension part for your F150. We’ll even install it for you, if you prefer. So call us today at 913-829-0169 or contact us online right now!