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Old 04-25-2007, 03:29 PM
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Design problem with front shock mounts

Hi, kind of hard to explain this problem. I don't know where to look for help, maybe you folks can guide me to an answer.

Im trying to install some gas shocks in the front end of my 39 Pontiac. The rear of the bottom control arm needs the bottom shock mount, the top mount will come off the frame...kind of stick up above it. I can measure how much up down movement will happen...I've sized the shocks for one inch more travel than that extreme. However, how do I guess how far the shock will move in/out...that is, left to right when viewed from the front of the car?
The upper control arm, brake line, tie rod, all that stuff makes it tough to figure out where to put the upper mount.

I could take out my spring and test the shock after I weld up mounts, but the shock is a gas shock and resists my efforts at shoving it closed.... And pulling the spring is not that fun...

Any ideas on how to install my new shocks?


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When the car is at ride height the shock should be at half travel.
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