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    Question Broken leaf spring shackle - how can I fix this?

    I have a broken leaf spring shackle under my '99 silverado extended cab. The broken shackle is on the driver side, the passenger side one is fine (for now.) I noticed it today when I was walking towards my truck and I noticed one side was dipped down more than the other, although not significantly. The frame is rusting out slowly, and I don't plan on keeping the truck after this work season (sadly), although I do need it to get me through the summer safely.

    This is the passenger side shackle (couldn't get a better angle than this):
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    And the driver side, which is obviously the broken one:

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    Another angle from underneath, showing the leaf spring holding up the bed
    Note it didn't go through the bed, it's actually holding up much better than I expected it to, as I knew it was going to break at some point.
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    I just need to know what I would do to fix this. I really don't understand how I would do this without taking it to a shop as I've never done work on a vehicle before. The main reason I'm trying to avoid taking it to a shop is because I'm really short on cash right now, with my work season just starting, and I need my truck for work.

    Also, I know there's a lot of rust under the truck. Just had a ton of framework done and replaced two cross members, which cost me a fortune.

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    replacing the shackles you will need a torch. possibly a cutting one . most shops with this equipment can do this with not much effort. I would have a shop with repair experience with this do it. just hope that the frame is solid at the rear so the shackles are solidly mounted.

    as far as you frame goes from what I can see it surely is rusted out badly. you cannot weld rust . good luck .

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    Salty Roads, suxxxxx! Good Luck.
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    Why would I need a torch for this? Wouldn't I be able to unbolt the old shackle and put a new one in? I think that would do the trick, at least before something else rots out and breaks.

    Thanks for the sympathy Jimmy :p

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    I live in Halifax, Canada. I don't see why I would have to go through all this trouble. Wouldn't it be as simple as pulling the leaf spring down and replacing it? Regardless, I'm going to get it done at a shop, but how much do you think it would cost? And would it be cheaper if I bought the parts online? I found the shackles for 30 bucks each

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