View Full Version : Leaf spring mounts on axle
01-06-2007, 10:42 PM
I used my torch setup tonight to cut some leaf mounts off an axle. What is the best way to get the left over metal off the axle? Just use a grinder? I ground 1 off using my 4" grinder and its painstakingly slow. Anybody got any good suggestions?
01-07-2007, 06:42 AM
I always use the scarfing/gouging tip for those jobs. With practice you can remove almost all weld w/o undercutting what you're removing it from.
01-08-2007, 12:42 AM
try using a cuting disk on your grinder man and then keep grinding thats what i did took only an hour or so to do two axles..
01-08-2007, 12:48 AM
Hey jeep07, That's only about 10" or so of weld right? Shouldn't be too painfully slow. Are you using a Powerful grinder and a good stone?
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01-08-2007, 01:59 AM
Yes scarfing is a good way and is fairly easy just remember only get the metal you want to get rid of hot.
01-08-2007, 09:56 PM
If you are going to weld the mounts back on in another position, I would go very slowly and keep the housing cool. Years ago,I took a 1951 Mercury Spicer rear axle to a welder to have the mounts cut off, moved inward 2" and then re-welded for use in a different car. He did a nice-looking job. The only problem was that the axles wouldn't go back in. The housing had warped about /14" on each side.
I took it to a specialty welding shop on L.A and had it heat-straightened in a gigantic lathe. It taught me a lesson.
01-19-2007, 05:58 PM
Yes I know what you mean. I have done plenty of them on jeeps and other 4x4s take your time with them. I usually leave them on if I'm doing a spring over. I have made my own spring purches six inch to help prevent some minor axle wrap, but thats another story.
I start out w/ the torch or plasma then thin cutting wheel and finally the grinding wheel. I can see how maybe using some sort of air die grinder or something of that nature would take awhile; however , keep in mind you need to be carefull w/ that axle housing not getting it too hot on the other hand they are pretty forgiving. I say take you time. Anyway good luck.
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