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Rear Springs - Aftermarket or buy an old used pair

Csarneson

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I'm restoring a ratty BN4. One of my old springs was broken and then welded, then broken again at some point. No surprise that the weld broke. The previous owner was a welder so every time something came loose or broke on the car he welded it. The old adage that "when you're a hammer every problem looks like a nail" comes to mind. That's a longer story but I need at least one spring.

All the other spring threads talk about the aftermarket ones sag quickly. If you had only one usable old spring what would you do to restore a driver-level car?

Buy a pair from moss or AH Spares? Try to find an old used one? Try to find an old matched pair? Budget is a factor but I don't want to be short-sighted either. Thanks.

Can a specialist replace just the broken leaf and then re-curve my old set?

Chris

ps> I should add a giant thank you to this forum as a whole as well. It's been invaluable. Thanks for being so generous with your time and advice.
 
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Cape doesn't appear to sell leaf springs any longer. I also can't find any reference to that spring manufacturer on google.
 

Keoke

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All the other spring threads talk about the aftermarket ones sag quickly. If you had only one usable old spring what would you do to restore a driver-level car?

Buy a new set-----:encouragement:
 

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i bought a set of new rear springs for my bn7 from jule enterprises in canada. they have been on my car just over a year. good ride quality coupled with the putzke fahrspass tube shocks on front and rear...
 
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I've had a set of Moss-sourced springs on my car since the early to mid 80s, and it still looks to be sitting level. Given their weight, I'd be reluctant to order something like that from any vendor that required me to use International $hipping, particularly if I was trying to save money.

You might check your local Yellow Pages to see if there's a spring shop in town, you might be surprised to find them the most cost-effective yet (and you have one good spring as a pattern). I'd be sure to get them to verify that they can produce the correct deflection rate, as the ride height can be fine-tuned if they're willing to work with you.
 
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You might check your local Yellow Pages to see if there's a spring shop in town, you might be surprised to find them the most cost-effective yet (and you have one good spring as a pattern). I'd be sure to get them to verify that they can produce the correct deflection rate, as the ride height can be fine-tuned if they're willing to work with you.

I really hadn't considered that somebody reasonably local could repair mine. Shockingly there's a shop 90 miles away in one of the towns I visit often for business. I'll take my springs next time and check them out.

As always you guys are full of creative ideas and insights.

i nearly bought several Healeys over the past 15 years. I don't know that I could have successfully restored a car without YouTube and these web forums.
 

John Turney

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I've had a set of Moss-sourced springs on my car since the early to mid 80s, and it still looks to be sitting level. Given their weight, I'd be reluctant to order something like that from any vendor that required me to use International $hipping, particularly if I was trying to save money.
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I installed my Moss springs in the late 90's and they're still fine.
 
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