November 14, 2016
Recently I had restored the original shock absorbers on our 1936 14/56. They are still not good enough and so have decided to replace them with telescopic ones. Has anyone done this and if so can you please send me a photo particularly of the front right side where the steering comes down. Also what type of shocks did you use.?Thank you, Winton Cleal.
January 3, 2013
I have modified my 14/60 Series 111 with more modern shock absorbers but the chassis on the 14/56 is completely different so what I did will not apply.
You will have to plan carefully the type of shock absorbers that you use in relation to the amount of travel that both front and rear axles have. If you go for telescopics increasing the angle of mounting will enable you to use shock absorbers that will be softer in operation without bottoming out. you will need to make adaptor plates to bolt to the chassis in place of the vane type of shock absorber. My advice would be to go for the maximum travel probably a commercial shock absorber and then work it out from there. I had a pair of MKV11 Jaguar Monroe front teles in my garage that I used for the rear and some 50s/60s armstrong piston type for the front.
It is important to make sure that on compression and rebound they are not compressed or extended to their maximum otherwise they will break.
There is no substitute for working with the car being modified for satisfactory results.
Any specific questions Email me direct I’m the 15/60 and 16/60 adviser.
Good luck,, it can be done and it will transform the ride and handling.
January 4, 2013
I have recently done some work on my Wolseley 14/56 and I have 2 plates for the rear—they were made to take telescopic shock absorbers.—-not sure if this is any use to you?
November 14, 2016
Than you very much for getting back to me. But we have finished the job now and we made new plates for all four shocks. We were restrained by the length of travel of the springs so used Nissan Nevara on the front and VW Kombie on the rear. Both seat of shocks are gas. What a difference in road holding before you just about had to take sea sick pills the car bounced about so much.
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