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Tutorial: Rear Springs

Rear springs: IMG_5869

That black blob used to be an interleaf pad - there are 10 in each spring stack. Their function is to help reduce inter-leaf friction, improving the ride by making the springs more responsive to small amplitude, slow speed road surface roughness. Today we call it eliminating "Noise, Vibration and Harshness" and giving a "refined" ride - The Magnette was known for its' very smooth ride when new.

…or how to become a smooth operator. After close to 60 years, your Magnette has undoubtedly lost the supple ride John Thornley took a lot of care ensuring it had when new. Here’s how to restore the rear springs to near-new condition.

Click any thumbnail to view a full size image, and/or watch a slideshow. As always, practice good shop safety–understand we run a safe shop, but the safety of your own shop is up to you. Proceed carefully and at your own risk!

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