Essex rear spring shackle mounts

I have a 29 Essex with badly twisted left rear hanger. I had a 28 with the same problem and have seen others with the same problem. Obviously a weak spot in the frame and suspension. Wonder if the casting is maleable and can be straightened with heat. Any one else had this problem?


  • Geoff
    Geoff Senior Contributor
    Can actually be straightened cold.  This is not a "weakness" but usually caused by backing into a solid object.  I had the same thing with a '29 Hudson.  Used a Porta-power hydraulic wedged to the chassis to bring it back. However, this was bare chassis, so much easier that way.