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From: Reno Nv USA MEM#1240
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posted 08-12-2003 01:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We need to get a pair of rear shocks for my pops T-bucket project.It has coil springs that are 10" tall,but I dont have any idea what rating they are? I need to know how tall of a shock I need to allow for up and down travel.I dont see the coil moving alot.I was thinking of a shock that was 8" fulling compressed and 12"-14" fully extended.
What do you guys think? This is a real lite car,with a mild 351w AOD and 9" 4.11 rear.

I know this seems simple to most of you.But it's all new to me.


2.26 60'S
14.9 @ 90.86MPH

65 coupe,351w,C4,Big Boss 429 hood scoop,8" 3.40 TracLoc.

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From: Greenbrier, TN USA
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posted 08-12-2003 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember the time a buddy of mine built a 1910 mofel T C-cab street rod with a MustangII front suspension. We took it for a test ride with no front shocks. We hit a bump and the left front wheel started bouncing like a basketball!

Sounds like you've got a cool ride in the works.

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Just do a search for "t bucket"


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From: Delta BC Canada
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posted 08-13-2003 03:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
you need to jack it up and put stands under the frame , lower the rear end till the springs become loose and that measure minus about an inch would be the extended length . Compressed length would need to be before the driveshaft hits the floor or other components bind up. There should be bump stops instead of using the shocks to bottom out.

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