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I had a rummage around in the garage on Monday and found another box of Peerless parts including some more bonnet catches of which three looked to be in great condition. It is funny, you forget what you have got and forget even more where you left them.

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We went looking for front Peerless springs. I am quite happy that we have now searched everywhere and we only have the ones on the complete chassis and this slightly sorry looking pair.

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These are the front springs - they have been sand blasted to clean them and to make a full examination of their condition easier to assess. You will see that they are in an indifferent condition - heavily rusted, one leaf broken, the leaves have spread and the bronze bushes on one are heavily worn. We have decided to send these to a Springs specialist to look at - repair if possible or to be used as a copy for new ones to be made. Fortunately, the rear springs are in good condition - we have two sets of those but only the one pair of "fronts".

 

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Nice work as usual chaps, I wonder if as much care was taken when refurbishing Peerless lorries back then, when delivery was promised in 14 days.

 

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Wow. £295. What a bargain. The first batch from the end of the war were offered at £400 and they had not been reconditioned.

Dad has not been able to find any reusable (or reconditionable!) front shackle pins so has been making them. Still a lot to do though -  the caps to be silver soldered on and machined to correct final profile. Feathers to be made and fitted.

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All Shackles, Hooks and Shackle pins - now cleaned or replaced with the exception of the one Shackle that Steve took away to press out the old warn bronze bushes (now done) ready for fitting. Steve will bring that one missing Shackle with him back to Devon when he next comes down for new bronze bushes to be made and pressed in.

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