Has anyone placed leather belts on their axles. A friend applied them to his Model T (front and back) and indicated, they helped in obsorbing shocks to the car.
FWIW I would be afraid to snap something very expensive and lose my brakes.
Not mine but you get the idea
I always have a few belts before I get behind the wheel of my T. And, yes, it does soften the ride.
Oh wait.... you mean the car.
George's pics are of my Betsy, a 1924 cut-off touring car. I have run the rebound straps on the front and rear for three years now.
I had to replace the rear straps recently because I went over a speed bump too fast and both straps broke at the buckle. There was no other damage to the car.
They do help reduce the ejection seat effect on bumps.
Why not let the springs do their job? If anything they would stiffen the ride.
There were some aftermarket shock absorbers that used leather straps but that's the only thing they have in common.
The springs do their job in compression, the straps just limit the rebound. If you have moved a modern shock absorber by hand, you will find that they are much stiffer in rebound than in compression.
By the way, early Corvettes came with rebound straps from the factory.
Oh, and so did MGs.
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=corvette+rebound+straps&_osacat=0&_from=R4 0&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xcorvette+mg+rebound+straps.TRS0&_nkw= corvette+mg+rebound+straps&_sacat=0
Actually, I often get comments from passengers in my "improved" T that it rides far better then they expected. I feel the same way - considering it's very basic suspension system, it does ride well.
My 1907 Autocar came with them from the factory and they work. I drove without them while they were being replaced and it makes a big difference.
a restriction like that on the rear of a coupe can make it dangerous when hard braking. I had AC shocks on my 27 and going down hill or in hard braking the weight shift tended to make the rear end light.