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Re: Front springs too short

Subject: Re: Front springs too short
From: Bob Howard <>
Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2002 10:37:39 -0400
   Look in the workshop manual for pictures of MGBs.  When I replaced
rear springs in my GT, it was then quite high at the back.  A spring shop
pointed out the me that the front springs age too.  New coil springs
brought it up a lot.  Lawrie suggested looking at the pics in the manual,
which I did, and then found that the GT now appeared as the
illustrations. I was surprised how high the cars were when new. We think
of the rear springs sagging and the fronts staying as made, but that's
not necessarily true. 
   Your mechanic says the crop of springs is alternative is to
go to a spring shop and to get their advice.  Seems to me that those JC
Whitney spring wedges are a way to concentrate spring stress at points in
the spring, and that they would soon lead to breakage.

On Sun, 13 Oct 2002 13:57:46 -0500 "Bob D." <>
> The front springs on my '71 B are an inch too low (and my rears are 
> an inch
> too high). I've measured the axel to chrome strip distance on dozens 
> of
> level looking B's, and I believe I have a good idea what the height 
> should
> be. Is there some kind of spacer or doodad that can raise the front 
> up an
> inch? My local mechanic tried several sets of new springs, but 
> evidently the
> new crop of replacement spring are all weak. I seem to remember a 
> spacer
> that would clamp to a coil spring and keep one turn spread apart. Is 
> this
> gizmo still available?
> In lieu of a quick fix, does anyone know of a source of proper 
> strength
> front springs? Better yet, a slightly higher spring to help level 
> the car?
> (Because the rear is too high.) Would a GT spring work?
> Bob Donahue (Still stuck in the '50s)
> Email -
> 52 MGTD - NEMGTR #11470
> 71 MGB - NAMGBR #7-3336
> .

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