Hydragas Register

The Austin Balanza also used fluid suspension
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The first Austin en Morris Minis had a revolutionary suspension system with their introduction to 1959: Hydrolastic and later hydragas. Parent company soon assembled BMC this on other models in the delivery program.

The ADO 16, known in the Netherlands as'Glider'for example, but also the Balance model range and not to mention the Allegro to name a few. Such cars are now very old and do not get much in the garage. They are all in the hands of enthusiasts who (can) tinker with this British heritage. However, to bring the thing up to standard, there is a problem. Dealers who have such a device no longer exist, the liquid required for this is not or very difficult to obtain. 'Connoisseurs' make their own brew, which ultimately will not work. From now on there is the Hydragas Register, an initiative of Pete Melville. He went shopping and has since created an impressive list of former BMC, BL and MG Rover dealers who can still offer a solution. His website gives a list of all those dealers and also useful tips, parts and such. If on the Continent you know anyone who can professionally inflate this suspension, let him know!

The Austin Balanza also used fluid suspension


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  1. You can find pumps and knowledge within the club in NL via There is indeed a group of “connoisseurs”, enthusiasts who keep these cars on the road and know how it works. Most good former MG dealers also have a pump because they need to be able to pump the MGF as well. The fluid is 49% alcohol and 49% water. If you can't find it, a good quality (old-fashioned) coolant will work too. In some club cars for 30 years without problems.

  2. Dear,

    In my garage (classic preservation, Voorschoten) I can fill all hydrolastic suspension cars using the original pump and fluid, and repair the hoses on the hydrolastic spring ball flyer, since almost all leaks are in the hoses, I can get all hydrolastic cars back on the road

    Hayo Kloos

    • May I have your telnr address and name have a leyland princess and look for someone to pump up the suspension grtj kristof

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