When SPRING-SLAP throws a party… (Jun, 1930)

When SPRING-SLAP throws a party…

AUNT HESTER lets out a quick and exclamatory “Gracious!”—Jane voices a subdued but emphatic “Ouch!”—Bill winces as though someone had shot him. And you… well, outwardly you’re apologetic, but inwardly you’re as mad as a roughed-up hornet. And, we’ll add, for a very good reason.

We’ll grant that rough roads and unexpected hummocks can weave a frown on the face of the most placid driver. We’ll admit that those sudden jolts and jars are as racking on your car as they are on you. But do you know the cause of this commotion?

It’s Spring-Slap—there’s the culprit. It’s that slap of your springs as they refuse to flex under impact. It’s that bucking and rebellious flare-up of cramped and tyrannized springs —springs that are shackle-bound.

Ordinary spring shackles don’t let your springs flex as freely as they should. Often your shackle bolts will be too tight or they bind —and your springs can’t do their level best. Nor can your shock-absorbers do their most soothing work, for the wear on ordinary shackle bolts gives them a different job to do every day in the year—and you can’t adjust them that often! Naturally, your springs complain — and so do you! But the remedy is simple, easy to apply and inexpensive—a set of Fafnir Ball Bearing Spring Shackles.

On these frictionless, free-acting ball bearings your springs take every bump with rocking-chair easiness, without that objectionable slap-back. Savage jolts are tamed to gentleness. Sudden bumps are shunted aside. You ride the roughest roads with incredible ease, with a new and delightful sense of comfort.

Fafnir Ball Bearing Spring Shackles completely banish shackle squeaks and rattles—yet you never have to grease them. You never have to adjust them. They prolong the life of your car. They enable your shock-absorbers to do their full duty. And they are safer—no shackle bolts to wear and let you down. They are standard equipment on many cars. They can be put on yours for a cost so little that it will surprise you. Ask your garage mechanic about them.


  1. JMyint says: May 30, 200812:29 pm

    My grandfather told me that int the 20’s before he would take his car on a long trip he would make up a spare set of springs out of maple. He said so many of the roads were rough and unpaved that is was pretty common to break a spring. The springs on the Model Ts of the time were usually made from oak but my grandfather thought maple gave a better ride.

  2. Anne says: May 30, 20082:44 pm

    Seems kind of strange that they used to make springs out of WOOD instead of METAL. Was there a good reason for this, or did they just not have the technology yet for metal springs?

  3. Benzene says: May 30, 20085:43 pm

    I’m guessing they were leaf springs. They could be made of wood, but I’m not sure why they did. Maybe coming out of WWI and into the Depression made it harder to get the right kind of steel.

  4. JMyint says: May 30, 20087:49 pm

    Much of the Model T was made of wood, the wheels, floor boards, body mounts, rear leaf springs. It was done to keep the price down as Henry Ford wanted a car any working man could afford. You could buy a new Model T for under 300 dollars in the 20’s. The Depression didn’t occur until 11 years after the First World War. In fact most of the 20’s were an econmic boom in the US.

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