• Dear Guest!
    A paid subscription is not required to participate at BCF. However, if you find this forum to be a useful resource, and if you want to ensure we can stay online - Please consider supporting us by **Upgrading**
    (PS: Subscribers don't see this UGLY banner)

Looking for old parts catalog(ue)s with listings/part numbers for early 1960s Vanden Plas 4 Litre Princess


Senior Member
Country flag
Especially interested in suspension parts, bushings, tie rod ends, and other parts needed to restore this one to "drives like new."

I already found World Wide Auto Parts in Madison WI ( > World Wide Auto Parts of Madison < ) and Peter is looking at some pics of our Armstrong hydraulic dampers and I hope will be able to rebuild those. I'm definitely needing all the rubber bushings, a complete set of tie rod ends, including the ones on the drag link, and I'll need to rebush the central steering lever (sort of like an idler arm), and possibly the king pins ("swivel pins" in British terminology). None of my parts sources even list these cars. I'm pretty sure the parts I need exist, there's just no way to find them without a part number to cross reference.


Jedi Warrior
Country flag
Kip motors?

Do the cars have the same underpinnings as the Austin A99 Westminster?


Senior Member
Country flag
Do the cars have the same underpinnings as the Austin A99 Westminster?

They share the same frame, chassis and powertrain as the Austin A135 Princess long wheelbase limousine (the saloon was slightly different, not sure about the suspension/steering though).


Senior Member
Country flag
Answering my own question with an answer I received on another forum. Moss Motors also may be able to help with this. I'll be calling them this afternoon. They're out in California, so they get in at the crack of noon (my time) out there.

I did make a lot of progress on this one yesterday. I have both sides stripped down and all that's left on the car are the coil springs and lower control arms (currently supported by jack stands). Of course, I don't have the special Vanden Plas spring compressor tool. I'm trying to figure out how to get the spring out without killing myself or damaging anything.

The king pins are really, really stiff and "crunchy." They barely move, and when you pry on them, they feel gritty when they do move. I have a local machine shop that likely can do the king pins.

And the upper control arm fulcrum pins are beat to heck. Someone pounded them out once already with a BFH, and then sawed off most of the mushroomed end and managed to get the nuts back on somehow. When I got the nuts to the point where they released, they came off like they were spring loaded. I'm not sure how I'm going to get them back on. I really need new fulcrum pins. I may have to have some made for this one. I have a machine shop that can do that as well.
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
DrEntropy Looking thru old pix Other Cars 8
DanLewis Looking for an old-style fuel gauge [working or not] Spridgets 3
steveg Looking for an old Healey club magazine Austin Healey 3
MadRiver Looking for any old dealership photos -- 1968 Triumph 2
G Looking for old car freak friend Triumph 6
T TR2/3/3A Looking for a TR3A front bumper Triumph 6
E TR6 looking for info on doing a T5 swap Triumph 5
E Wanted looking for a tr6 bell housing Triumph Classifieds 12
BJ8Healeys Location of VIN tag, 1964 Sprite HAN8L43421 (I know it's stamped on the frame. Looking for the tag.) Spridgets 8
T Looking for "BillMs rear transmission mount" Spridgets 2
R Wanted Looking For A Rear Glass For A Bugeye Hardtop Spridgets Classified 0
V Wanted Looking for SU HIF4 Linkages. MG Classifieds 0
Got_All_4 TR6 2nd Gear Bush Problem TR6 Looking at Steel Triumph 12
JPSmit A fairly specific looking bolt Spridgets 10
Celtic 77 MGB Looking for best info regarding throttle cable replacement. MG 16
R Wanted Looking for an original AH 3000 Mk1 Drivers Manual 1102B. Austin Healey Classifieds 1
D Wedge Looking for British Car Day Events Triumph 2
T Looking for recommendations re using a Seacan for vehicle storage Spridgets 7
BJ8Healeys Looking for BJ8 VIN HBJ8L40768 Austin Healey 0
M Wanted Looking for genuine Austin-Healey bonnet badge Austin Healey Classifieds 1
M Looking for Lucas parts catalogue British Motor Corp 13
tj_tr3_tr6 TR4/4A looking for Machine Shop TR4 Valve Job Ventura - Los Angeles area Triumph 4
idlehands GT6 What gotchas when looking for a GT6+ Triumph 10
BillyB62 TR2/3/3A Looking for the Owner of a TR3 Triumph 5
Got_All_4 Wedge Looking at a Local TR8 For Sale Little Ruff Triumph 1
F TR2/3/3A looking for door latch review Triumph 7
roscoe The future is looking up Austin Healey 4
Joel Lester TR2/3/3A Looking for helpful hints for door hinge screw removal Triumph 17
T 1972 MGB GT for sale in San Francisco, looking for a good home MG Classifieds 1
vping T-Series Looking for TD Part # MG 3
T Wanted Looking for a solid [but doesn't have to be perfect] 100-6 Austin Healey Classifieds 17
F GT6 Looking to sell - in progress restoration Triumph 19
Lin Looking for a part Spridgets 1
Lin MGB MGB and MGC - looking for a part MG 1
H Wanted Looking for TR4A intake # 307455 Triumph Classifieds 3
Y Wanted Looking for running 3.5L MK V engine Jaguar Classifieds 0
steveg TR6 Newbie looking for hopup guidance Triumph 15
Guido36 Looking for upholsterer recommendation for Healey 100 in Southern California Austin Healey 5
SherpaPilot TR6 Looking For Opinions on Seat Covers Triumph 9
S Wanted Looking for a new/used crankshaft for a 100-4 Austin Healey Classifieds 0
R TR6 Looking for Oil Filler Cap TR4/TR6 Triumph 7
pbraun Looking for 64 or 65 Mokes British Motor Corp 0
T Looking for a temporary cup holder - but my heart is pure Spridgets 9
angelfj1 TR2/3/3A Possible UK Source for Authentic looking Clutch/Brake MC Triumph 5
catfood Looking for suggestions - ignition issue Austin Healey 6
W Looking for engine rebuilding 100-6 Austin Healey 12
C Looking for SoCal restoration shop Austin Healey 4
R GT6 Looking to purchase GT6 Rust repair question? Triumph 4
Andy Blackley Wanted Looking for TR4 or $A Triumph Classifieds 16
L TR2/3/3A Looking for the Voice of Experience Triumph 23

Similar threads