ARB drop links parts news

Following the article on drop links as a feature in the four page V8 Newsletter in the December 2015 issue of the MG Car Club’s monthly magazine, Safety Fast!, contributed by Nic Houslip, Peter Beadle provides a useful update.

Peter Beadle was a founder member of the V8 Register back in 1978/79 when he was parts manager at University Motors in Epsom and later with the Sprite & Midget Centre in Richmond and then with Moss. He is now with ARB (Auto Restoration Bolting) in Gloucestershire who claim they are "holding the classic car industry together"!

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Peter Beadle says that although some replacement drop links available in the parts supply chain have been made by overseas manufacturers, the good news is that there is still a UK Manufacturer producing genuine drop links for the MGB and V8 made using the original Armstrong-Monroe tooling. Brown & Gammons and Moss have stocks from that source with the MGB links, part numbers AHH6543A and AHH6544A. Brown & Gammons also have OE Factory stocks of the ZKC5754 & ZKC5755 RV8 links.
When you examine these Genuine OE parts you will see along the length of the link the markings 7932LH and 7932RH together with the date stamp in the form week and year – for example1914 means they were made in early May 2014. These all English made drop links are 100% inspected and pull-tested to 3/4 Ton. The top bolt for an MGB AHC146 is (7/16” UNF) 50>60 ton (grade 5, 8.8) material S grade if not T grade55>65ton(.Grade 8, 10.9). It has a nut and washer attached. The RV8 top bolt BH606141 is a Standard HT S grade Bolt (3/8” UNF.) made to BS1768 1963 specifications.

Peter recalls that when the MGB drop links originally came from the Factory to University Motors in the early 1970s they came with an unplated nut and square washer. The RV8 drop link (lower link above, missing the nut) has a slightly longer leg to allow greater movement of the front suspension.

Peter is frustrated by the number of poor quality parts out there is the replacement parts market and bought on price alone, when you can still get the "right product" made in the UK and often in the Midlands, the "Home of the British Car Industry".