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mazfg
November 3, 2016, 1:22pm Report to Moderator


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My rather cruddy leaf spring is now removed from the car after taking out the diff and half shafts. Wondered what the best thing to do with it as it's cruddy, got bits of underseal on it and general mud n a bit of rust.
I don;t want to dismantle it but have a friend who shot blasts n red oxides stuff. Is it worth giving it to him to do that? then pushing grease in where I can?
Or maybe just a wire brush to dislodge loose stuff and then a spray of Dinitrol? I though as it waxy it shouldn't impair the spring movement?

Thanks in advance


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I can't imagine blasting it with any media would be a good thing unless it was disassembled and each leaf blasted individually (you'd never get all the media out from in between the leaves, and I can't imagine that being good for spring action). I would go with your last suggestion of simply cleaning off the loose stuff and then, as the manuals recommend during regular servicing, "painting" it with used engine oil or gear oil.


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Hi

Have heard that grease and oil (prob to a lesser extent) will attract grid and maybe increase wear.

Have heard of Hydraulic fluid used, though wouldn't last long I imagine unless car not used much.

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Dismantling is just a few bolts?
I would do that and wire brush it up.

If you want to lubricate the spring, you can wrap it is denso tape after http://www.toolstation.com/shop/Plumbing/d20/Plumbing+Consumables/sd2711/Petro+Tape+10m/p57185

but I have never bothered.

If you want to coat it with a protective wax, the hard dinitrol underbody stuff may work.It feels like underseal, but is definitely just a wax. Flexible enough I think.


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Quoted from cliftyhanger
Dismantling is just a few bolts?
I would do that and wire brush it up.


Thought it was under a bit of tension?



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easy process, have a read of my blog

http://club.triumph.org.uk/cgi-bin/blogs/blogview.cgi?blog=492067

a little bit of tension held by the central clamp but nothing that a g clamp would not hold


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Thanks for the info. I think the difficulty lies in  the central bolt removal..I've heard it can be a pig to remove an often needs cutting out if rusted in!!


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When I rebuilt the 13/60 I took the Leaf Spring apart cleaned each leaf gave each one a treatment of cure rust followed by a coat of paint each leaf was then coated with grease new buttons and bushes and then replaced.

As I recall only one of the leaves state direction of fit so before I took it apart I ran the angle grinder disk down the front edge to aid reassembly.

Hope this helps.



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And another photo showing marks made by angle grinder disk



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Quoted from midgeman
When I rebuilt the 13/60 I took the Leaf Spring apart cleaned each leaf gave each one a treatment of cure rust followed by a coat of paint each leaf was then coated with grease new buttons and bushes and then replaced.


Thanks for that..looks awesome!

Not sure what "grease buttons" are?  I've still got the poly bushes in mine from when they were changed 4 years ago so all good.




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Quoted from mazfg


Thanks for that..looks awesome!

Not sure what "grease buttons" are?  I've still got the poly bushes in mine from when they were changed 4 years ago so all good.




Not sure what "grease buttons" are? 

Sorry for my lack of punctuation.

The Buttons I refer to are the Rubber Buttons that go between the Leaves.


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Ahh..I see..just found them on mine. Where can I get new rubber buttons n bushes?


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Ok, found the rubber buttons: 114006  at the usual places. Paddocks do them 60p each and you'll need 8 altogether.

Just cleaned the top plate after having disassembled the spring to find it is stamped with "Front"..also did what midgeman did and ground a line for re-assembly. My only thought was that the spring has at some point been put back in the opposite way round as the "front" marker was on towards the back...?  I shall put it back as intended when all is done.


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No-one knows why the springs were ever marked FRONT.

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Mmm, nice stress raiser there in the middle of the spring.

I wonder how long until it goes 'creak-groan-creak-groan-creak-POTHOLE-BANG-TWANG'.

It may not happen super-quickly, but it must be a consideration.


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