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Hi, does anyone have any experience of home refurbishment of leaf springs. Can I just 'undo' the retaining tabs and bolts (albeit held in together in a clamp/vice) and it will come apart so I can clean up and paint? Anyone done this and can offer tips. The car is a 1955 TR2


Once it goes back together, any suggestions on the grease to use, I have ready about special paints too that allow the faces to slide.


Any thoughts or advice appreciated




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Steven - Practical Classics Magazine did an article on this not that long ago but I'm sorry I don't know exactly when but I'm sure a google search will throw something up - as I recall, it is perfectly do-able - good luck





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Yes you can take them apart - the hardest part is prising open the clamps. you will need a long bolt, & a "G" clamp to aid re-assembly.



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Hi Steven. You'll find a useful breakdown of leaf spring refurbishment and maintenance in the original TR2 workshop manual. If you don't yet have yourself an actual copy, an online PDF version can be found HERE.


Scroll down to pages 258 - 261, for "Road Springs and Shock Absorbers".


Cheers, Deggers

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As far as I know no lubricant should be applied between leaf springs, the friction between the leaves is an action that is required.


This law is applicable to LGV's for certain so I would think the same law applied to any leaf sprung vehicle.

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As far as I know no lubricant should be applied between leaf springs


That's what I originally thought too, Pete. Although, the TR3 manual suggests "... the only lubrication required is that for the spring leaves. On no account must the rubber or silentbloc bushes be lubricated. Over lubrication of the spring leaves should be avoided. After the springs have been cleaned, brush the blades at their edges with engine oil, this will allow sufficient oil to penetrate between the leaves and provide inter-leaf lubrication. Lubrication of spring leaves is chiefly required at the ends of the leaves where one presses upon the next and where the maximum relative motion occurs".


The lubrication chart suggests painting springs with "old rear axle or engine oil":



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What about interleaf liners. Anti friction strips between leaves - MG used them.....


pros cons https://www.eatondetroitspring.com/leaflinereffectonspringrate/


Peter W

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