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Old 08-23-2010, 07:35 AM   #1
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Any comments about the installation or performance of the modern tube shocks on a Model A.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:56 AM   #2
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We reviewed shocks in Vol 1 Issue 3 and Vol 4 Issue 4 and Vol 2 Issue 2 of the Model A Times. Tube shocks need to be adjustable to allow for the vraious weights of the Model A body.
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Hydraulic tube shock probably better than a gas filled shock. JMO
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:37 AM   #4
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I tried tube shocks on my light roadster. Too stiff and rough for that light little car. Maybe ok on a sedan body?? I installed original Ford rebuit shocks and it is fine with those.
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:36 PM   #5
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I tried tube shocks on my light roadster. Too stiff and rough for that light little car. Maybe ok on a sedan body?? I installed original Ford rebuit shocks and it is fine with those.
Original Ford shocks were designed to work with the car they were installed on. The car was designed to do a specific job. The combination works good.
Adding aftermarket shocks has gotten a bad rap because people don't understand what is involved.
Somebody puts together a "kit" and sells it as a cure all replacement.
Most of the time the kit is designed around a certain off the shelf shock that just happens to fit into the available space. Never mind the shock was originally intended to be used on a car weighing half again more than a model A. Of course the car is going to ride stiff...It may handle like a race car on the corners though but who cares...It rides hard so tube shocks are all lumped into the "ride hard" category.
Not one person in a hundred will take the time to research the available shocks to get ones that will work on a model A. It can be done.

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Old 08-23-2010, 01:49 PM   #6
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my 29 pu had originals and was good,my now pu is 31 had no shocks rode ok with out leans quit abit on corners put tube shocks on ride is still good but was not bad before now it does not lean and ride is good
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Old 08-23-2010, 02:32 PM   #7
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Original Ford shocks were designed to work with the car they were installed on. The car was designed to do a specific job. The combination works good.
Adding aftermarket shocks has gotten a bad rap because people don't understand what is involved.
Somebody puts together a "kit" and sells it as a cure all replacment.
Most of the time the kit is designed around a certain off the shelf shock that just happens to fit into the available space. Never mind the shock was originally intended to be used on a car weighing half again more than a model A. Of course the car is going to ride stiff...It may handle like a race car on the corners though but who cares...It rides hard so tube shocks are all lumped into the "ride hard" category.
Not one person in a hundred will take the time to research the available shocks to get ones that will work on a model A. It can be done.
Jackw,
Pay close attn to what Pete is saying here,as that is the answer to your Q. About five yrs ago, I did exactly as he says here and my '30 (light weight) roadster rides/corners very well. BTW, I did NOT buy a 'kit' off the vendors. The 'right' hydraulic tube shocks are available.
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Old 08-23-2010, 03:48 PM   #8
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What would be the "right" shocks ?

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Old 08-23-2010, 04:19 PM   #9
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Running tubes with no issue in my 30 coupe.
Roads not 2 bad here.
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Old 08-23-2010, 04:43 PM   #10
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What would be the "right" shocks ?

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Thats what i would like to know. I have a 28 briggs fordor so its a little heavier. Any shocks out there that anyone would suggest using?
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:11 AM   #11
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It seems like the fellas that took the time to figure out which shocks work best want to keep that info to themselves..
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:54 AM   #12
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I'm using 1977 Dodge Monaco front shocks on the front of my coupe and 1974 Pinto station wagon rear shocks on the rear of the coupe. The Monaco shocks are threaded on both ends and are short and the Pinto shocks are threaded on both ends as well. Ed
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:46 AM   #13
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It seems like the fellas that took the time to figure out which shocks work best want to keep that info to themselves..
Not at all but I'm kind of gimpy from topping trees right now and can't crawl under the car to get the part number off the shocks...
This project was done several years ago and it involved a couple hours with my nose in the catalogs at a NAPA store.
The next time I will use race car shocks because they are very easy to identify as to compression and rebound rates and the mounts can be made so they can be changed in a couple minutes...And another thing, they are cheap on Ebay.
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I use Snyders kit. The shocks are hydraulic,not gas. They ride smooth and the mounting is very neat.
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