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Rear leaf springs


Having been lucky enough to get my hands on a pair of nos leaf springs for the Peerless, I'm planning on refurbishing them before starting the long awaited re-build.

 

Has anyone undertaken this task in  the past and, if so, did you grease between the leafs? I know that some springs are assembled dry and some are greased. Any idea which applies to the Peerless?

 

As usual, any recommendations are much appreciated.

 

Mike



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Mike,

Where in the world did you find a set of NOS leaf springs??? I figured that if #092 was a bit saggy in the rear we would have to have the leaves re-arched...

kent

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Hi Kent

I actually got them from a guy who lives fairly close to me. He's a Triumph fan and has, amongst a number of other beautifully restored Triumphs, a TR4. The springs, which were marked Peerless and immediatly identifiable by the flat bar on the bottom, were part of a job lot of spares he picked up some time in the past and had spent years on his workshop shelf.

He knew of my Peerless and called me to offer them for sale along with a number of front suspension parts. Needless to say, I bit his hand off.

I've since had them taken apart, painted, re-greased and re-assembled and they now look GREAT!!

I've still got the old ones if you need any measures taken or I could supply pics of the NOS ones (just to make you jealous).


Mike



-- Edited by mikerf on Tuesday 30th of June 2015 05:07:15 PM



-- Edited by mikerf on Tuesday 30th of June 2015 05:08:45 PM

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Mike,

So that bottom, flat bar is original??? I thought someone had added a tractor spring to #092! Good to know... Art and I will be working on engine issues for a while I suspect so suspension issues are on hold for now...

Kent

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It certainly is, Kent. They were on the original springs on my car and on the NOS ones I picked up.

There are conflicting views about the benefit (if any) of these flat plates with some (who shall remain nameless) arguing that they are, if fact, detrimental to the suspension process.

Me? I think they must have been put there for a reason so they're staying.

I've been lucky enough to pick up a re-built and balanced fast road engine so hopefully I shouldn't have any problems in that area.

My immediate concern is getting the diff carrier A frame built to Eriks drawings. Mine went AWOL some time ago.

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Mike,

Yikes about that A-frame, but lots of fun anyway. There is an "old-boy" not too far from here that somehow ended up with a couple of TR3s in his junk yard. I have been after him for several years about them, but he is one of those guys who says, "I'm gonna get around to doing something with them cars," as they slowly melt into the ground. He has finally decided to let them go but won't put a price on them. Who knows what kind of shape the drive lines are in but I might just have to poke at him a bit...

Kent

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Because there just might be an OD worth saving!

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Don't make this any more complicated than it needs to be, the
technology of cart springs has been around for centuries.

I've used Moss TR4 "competition" rear springs, and the local Blacksmith
(yes, they do still exist, hot coal, hairy arms, big hammer, etc)
added an extra leaf and re-set them for a +1" ride height.

It's lovely to see a traditional local business surviving, he does lots of
agricultural machinery, farm gates, and bits for the local boatyard.
He asked me how much I'd paid for the springs, and when I told him
he remarked "should have come here first, boy"

 

FF



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