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Help identifiying front shocks on 60's gassers/ altereds please

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 3day, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. 3day
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
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    3day
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    from UK

    I've been looking at a bunch of pics people have posted over time on The Hamb and i've noticed a certain type of front shock on some of my favourite looking cars from the 60s. Does anybody know what these shocks are and perhaps who made them? They all have grooves on the main body of the shock.

    thanks
     

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  2. Pasta
    Joined: Aug 16, 2010
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    GM spiral shocks? I know the stock GM shocks from the 70's were just like those in the pictures.
    I have no idea where to find a set, let alone find a set that is good.

    George
     
  3. propwash
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    yep - GM spiral shocks - used before mfrs caught on to 90-10 shocks and began to make "gasser-specific" easy rise...slow to compress shock absorbers. The spiral shocks would have been found on virtually any GM passenger car (even Vettes) from the late 50s to early 70s. As previously postulated - unlikely you'll find (or even need) any NOS, or even NORS shocks like that today. I don't know if anyone even makes 90/10 shocks anymore - although you could check with Summit/Speedway or other suppliers of actual racing equipment. Drag racers still need weight transfer.

    dj
     
  4. 32coupe
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    32coupe
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    from michigan

    classic industries restoration parts for impala,camaro.etc make the spiral shocks for restoration,also sells 90/10 shocks!
     

  5. 3day
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    thanks a lot for all the info, that's brilliant. Cheers
     
  6. tommy
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    I noticed these on this 32 P/U at the Jalopyrama. They probably came in different lengths. Chevelle's used them too. Get your dimensions and then search the GM restoration houses. At one time originals were pricey during the Muscle car restoration years.
     
  7. 3day
    Joined: Apr 15, 2009
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    3day
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    from UK

    thanks for the help with these, Malibu turned out to be right length and after a bit of modification... all sorted now and they've worked out nice.
     

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