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My station wagon that I've owned for about a year is now 'leaning to the left'. I've read about 'fat guy lean" and I am a big guy but I don't think I've driven it enough to cause this! I have replaced the shocks (which actually shouldn't effect this) and fixed the front spring which was missing the spring clips and insured that the front spring bolt is in the hole. I have not taken the rear spring out and am not sure how to check that the rear spring bolt is in the hole. I removed the 'inspection port' but spring still covered. got any ideas what might be causing the lean. I did just notice that I can 'push' the car level by simply grabbing the roof and pushing it up. Over time is leans again.

Loosen the big u bolts on the rr spring and jack, or prop up the left side.  Horse it up and try to get something to shift. Then tighten things up. My town sedan leaned, and I got mad one day, loosened things up and pounded an oak wedge between the spring and cross member and tightened it up. It worked. Just info. Big job taking out the rr spring. You could flip it rt to lt. Let me know how you fix it. Jack

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Only repair type questions on the 1928-1931 Ford Model A.


Owned one when I was 15 yrs old, and now have owned 5. Still own and play with 2 of them.

Oakleaf region of MARC. Model A Restorers Club. I have put several Model A videos on the Oakleaf site that may be of help. Things like how to start the A, how to Time it, how to troubleshoot it.. Go to and you will find them. Also, go to and search for "jackbahm" and you will find over a hundred videos. Many about the Model A and our outings. jack

"More than you need to know about cars." Just a small book for Car Nuts. "Model A Ford Tips and Hints" "Get A Horse" (What to do when Henry's Lady quits on you.) or Snyder's Antique Parts. "Engineering Stuff" (For the Kid who likes to take things apart and get them back together). Kids book for ages 10-16. 2012 Many Model A movies that can be found on

BSME LSU, 1958, Masters of automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute of engineering, 1960, MBA Mich State, 1976. Worked as an engineer at Chrysler from 1958 to the end of 1991.

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