I've been asked a couple of times
about the rear springing of the car, in particular the transverse
When the Daimler was acquired in
1971 the rear suspension was 'interesting': the back axle was attached to the chassis
using various pieces of Australian hardwood. The explanation was that
the car, in later life, was used on a farm where one of its duties was
to carry a Lister oil engine that was used for pumping water. The supple
TL 30 rear spring, designed to provide superior comfort to upper-class
passengers, was not well suited to a running chassis-mounted oil engine.
Although a pair of Daimler
rear springs were obtained some time in the last 40 years, the car
retained its solid rear end until last year. As part of the
process of tidying the car and parts before it moves on to a new home,
the 'new' springs were offered up to the chassis and axle with very
satisfactory results. The springs came fitted with a locating pin at
their centre which engaged nicely with a corresponding recess in the
spring bracket on the rear axle. With the springs shackled at the front,
and locating pins engaged, the radius arms fit perfectly with the axle
located under the chassis arch.
The TL30 (and its predecessor the
TL28) used a transverse spring as shown in the drawings below. Part of
the lug that originally held the transverse spring is missing and will
need to be welded back on. There is a Talbot (?) transverse spring with
the car that may help, but is a little short for the job.
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