Peabody regularly requires a bit of love and attention in the chassis department. I think maybe I do too, but that’s beside the point. The chassis has a central point, one shot, lubrication system operated by a pedal underneath the dashboard which should be depressed a few times every 100 miles. This pumps oil from a reservoir in the left hand engine bay, though tiny tubes to the extremities of the chassis. Wonderful! (Much better than the older models which required manual oiling with an oil gun throughout).
Unfortunately, on some models of 20/25 (pre 1932), this lube system does not extend to the front and rear axles so, oil should be injected manually using a suitable oil gun. The old fashioned Enots oil guns consist of a brass tube with a plunger operated by a tap handle on the end of screw shaft which pumps oil through a tube to a Enots nipple adapter. These are marvellous old things but buying one in good condition is quite tricky and expensive. Unfortunately, you not only have to compete with vintage car enthusiasts but also the antique collectors who buy these beautiful old things to add rustic appeal to their converted barns.
So, meet my new oil gun! MATO, a side lever fluid oil gun with a custom made Enots adapter which screws beautifully into Peabody’s oil nipples. Not quite a beautiful as the old fashioned ones but very practical.
The Rolls-Royce handbook instructs you to use ordinary engine oil for the front and rear axles but reading more modern publications, it’s suggested by some that a more viscous oil is more suitable for the purpose (ordinary gear oil – SAE 90*).
Attach the Enots adapter into the front axle oil nipple situated on the offside (right side) of the axle and pump the oil gun until you can feel some resistance in the handle and wait for a while and pump again, and again a few minutes later and repeat once more. Repeat this for the rear axle – the nipple is situated on the top of the rear differential accessed from under the rear floor/seat inside the car. This should be done at least once every 500 miles.
Luckily, Peabody’s ‘one shot’ system caters for 90% of the required lubrication, however, there are a few nipples which need oiling manually and an Enots gun is essential.
Two proud owners of vintage Rolls-Royces have contacted me recently to enquire where I purchased my new oil gun. So I thought I’d publish the details here to save time. (Although, it was nice to hear from the other owners).
I was contacted recently by an Austin 7 owner who informed me that I should not use EP oils for axle lubrication because they contain sulphur which will melt any phosphor bronze/brass bushes it comes into contact with. His advice is to use only straight gear oil. (Thanks for the advice Edd – I wish you happy days with your Austin 7).
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