At 09:53 PM 8/18/97 -0400, TrmpetDave@aol.com wrote:
>If the top of the axle and drive shaft are rubbing on structures above them,
>it means the springs are weary, not the Armsrtongs. To test for shock
>function, press down firmly on the corner of the car in question, and let it
>rebound up. Any more than one oscillation indicates a deteriorated shock
>absorber. There would be less confusion if we called them hydraulic dampers.
>Of course, on a Morgan, there is not enough travel in the suspesnion to get a
>decent up-and-down bounce going anyhow, showing that Morgans never needed
>hydraulic dampers in the first place!
I read somewhere about Pat Moss running a big Healy rally car with NO Rear
shocks, but with 13 leaf springs. There was enough friction in the springs
to provide the desired damping. She also had a taxicab rear axle for a
lower ratio. Must have felt a little stiff...
My Plus 4 was really stiff until I oiled the rear springs, as recommended
by Fred Sisson. Great improvement in the ride, but I'm going to have to
watch out that road grime doesn't become grinding paste.