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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by TagMan, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 5,970


    This might help somebody out - it’s NOT the caliber of some of the techs posted here and the pics kinda suck, but I’ll get some practice typing, if nothing else.:rolleyes:

    I usually work alone, although my pal Ford Freak has given me a lot of time, help & much appreciated advice on my ’46 1/2T project, whenever I ask for it. I was having trouble mocking up my front shocks as I wanted to compress them half-way to set up the lower mounts, but they kept wanting to expand…..go figure ! I didn’t want to ask for help for something so minor, so I decided to make up a “dummy” shock for mock up purposes and figured I’d make it fairly universal, so I could use it on future projects. I looked through my scrap metal and found a short piece of exhaust pipe and some cut-off “shorts” of bar stock…..I was on a roll. Since I actually thought this one out, I decided to take some pics.

    This is one of the shocks I’ll be using for the front end. Mid-way travel is 12”, eye-to-eye.

    I took the measurements of the top mount section of the shock I’ll be using – about 1-1/4” diameter, 2” long and ½” hole thru the center – and turned up two pieces in the lathe……

    I drilled a 27/64” hole (for ½-13 thread) radially and in the center of the top mount only…..

    I then tapped the part for ½-13 thread……….

    I took the 1-1/2” exhaust pipe and notched one end of it with a hole saw (please Santa, bring me a pipe notching set-up for Christmas!)………

    I welded the bottom mount (the one without the threaded hole) onto the notched exhaust pipe section……..

    I then turned up a “bung” or plug to the inside diameter of the pipe and drilled and tapped a ½-13 threaded hole in the center of it, and welded it in the end of the pipe………..

    I cut off a section of ½-13 threaded rod and screwed one end into the top mount and the other end into the bung, to the length I wanted. Here’s a pic of the real shock & the mock-up shock together……….

    Finally (still awake??), here’s the dummy shock in place, with some cardboard cut-out tabs on the lower mount to get the angles, ect. set up. With the threaded rod, both ends can be rotated and shortened / lengthened, as needed and it can be mocked up with a minimum of effort.

    Hope this helps somebody out.
  2. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,988

    Member Emeritus

    Very nice. Now you've got a useful tool that will be right at hand if you ever need it again. I've got a bunch of these little helpers scattered all over my shop. I don't give them a second thought, just grab one and use it. Some I made over 30 years ago.
    C9 is a great one for making fixtures and helpful bits to make a job go easier. In face there may be one of his threads in the archives when he posted about a bunch of useful ones.

  3. jerry
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 3,474


    That is an example of hotrodding at its best! Thak you for the inspiration.

  4. jerry
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 3,474


    That is an example of hotrodding at its best! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  5. madgrinder
    Joined: Feb 5, 2005
    Posts: 324


    That looks like a "King" drill press... made in Compton CA

    I have one just like it.
  6. damnfingers
    Joined: Sep 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,287


    Just love ingenuity...thanks for the post..

  7. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,757

    from Indy

    good post. thanks
  8. FiddyFour
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 9,008

    Member decent tech. awesome thinking, thanks for puttin this up!
  9. Flathead Youngin'
    Joined: Jan 10, 2005
    Posts: 3,661

    Flathead Youngin'

    you can't make your own shocks, it'll ride real rough....:rolleyes:

    great idea.......
  10. Haunted Ken
    Joined: May 22, 2005
    Posts: 186

    Haunted Ken

    brilliant. A hell of a lot better than duct taping a few tall boy beer cans togther.

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