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Adrian

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Leaf springs eternal
« on: 12 January 2019, 09:53:42 pm »
Where do I get the springs from?
There is a huge lack of Shakers around here.

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Re: Leaf springs eternal
« Reply #1 on: 12 January 2019, 11:33:29 pm »
A few people have got them from Midland Motor Springs.  They’re custom made so not cheap.

From memory mine were £120 for a pair including bushes and VAT

Might be worth seeing if anybody else is about to buy and getting a discount.

I’ll try to add some more info about sources for stuff in the next few days.

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Re: Leaf springs eternal
« Reply #2 on: 13 January 2019, 09:51:51 am »
www.midlandmotorsprings.com £100+vat for a pair of springs with bushes (560mm centres, 5mm thick, 38mm wide, 80mm camber)

Be aware, when I received mine they had been made in Imperial nearest measurements - so worth checking if it’s important to you.

I was offerered u-bolts but they were custom made and hence expensive.  Normal exhaust clamps are much cheaper.

Delivery was also quite expensive,  I arranged a courier to collect them for about £6
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Re: Leaf springs eternal
« Reply #3 on: 13 January 2019, 10:14:02 am »
I have a pair of the proven ones on the way from the US (it's a deal I did) so the dimensions of what has worked for almost all US built ones will be available in the next week or so.
I suggest holding off ordering for the moment.

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Re: Leaf springs eternal
« Reply #4 on: 05 February 2019, 02:29:54 pm »
The set of buggy springs ex the US are in my hands, so some measurements which may help.
Width, 32 mm
Thickness of main leaf 5 mm
Eye to eye, 590 mm (straight line) 660 mm along the length of the leaf.
Arch, 100 mm
Length of second leaf, 360 mm, same thickness
Eyes 10 mm.
I do not know if both leaves are normally used, but have asked.
With transverse springs (Austin 7, Peugeot Quadrilette) I know both leaves are used.
I think it might be worth actually checking the cost to have them ex US if the UK price is going to be £120/ pair. Packet weighed 6 pounds.
$160 buys enough to make 2 cars worth.
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Re: Leaf springs eternal
« Reply #5 on: 06 February 2019, 06:04:21 pm »
I'll go halves Rhs. :)

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Re: Leaf springs eternal
« Reply #6 on: 06 February 2019, 10:55:21 pm »
All it needs is the other half and you are on your way Adrian. I now have at least 3 sets of springs, probably more like 5 sets of different varieties.

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Re: Leaf springs eternal
« Reply #7 on: 07 February 2019, 08:28:19 am »
I'd be interested in going halves with someone ?


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Re: Leaf springs eternal
« Reply #8 on: 10 February 2019, 09:07:57 am »
Hi Rhys,  who was your supplier in the US?

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Re: Leaf springs eternal
« Reply #9 on: 10 February 2019, 10:10:59 am »
www.buggy.com/parts2 was where mine came from, but it was indirect as my friend Doug (Johnny Dumfries at Gittreville) got them and then split so we have a pair each. As a result I have no idea what postage might be.

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Re: Leaf springs eternal
« Reply #10 on: 10 February 2019, 11:13:28 am »
The .html somehow got lost from your link Rhys, full link: http://www.buggy.com/parts2.html. I've only had a quick look, but can't see any mention of shipping, so don't know if they export.

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Re: Leaf springs eternal
« Reply #11 on: 10 February 2019, 03:05:44 pm »
Yes they do export Chris, you have to ask for costs. This is one of the Amish community, so don't expect too much from web enquiries, then you won't be disappointed.

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Re: Leaf springs eternal
« Reply #12 on: 10 February 2019, 04:06:03 pm »
Thanks all, I'll keep you posted.

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Re: Leaf springs eternal
« Reply #13 on: 10 February 2019, 04:21:59 pm »
Just curiosity on my part Rhys, I'll probably go down the composite route when the time comes that I need them. I've had some thoughts on a mould that'll allow for producing multiple length 1/2 elliptics with eyes, 1/4 elliptics, and plain blades.

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Re: Leaf springs eternal
« Reply #14 on: 10 February 2019, 06:03:39 pm »
But you are building a Morgan Chris? They don't use leaf springs or is this for #2 and 3? (After the sheds :) )