1907 Daimler TL 30 rear suspension

1907 TL-30 Daimler

I've been asked a couple of times about the rear springing of the car, in particular the transverse spring.

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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