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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 11, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Air Shocks- Are these original?

My '69 has a pair of air shocks in the rear that can be adjusted via a tire-valve stem that comes through the rear bumper. This is located underneath the pumper in the proximity to the license plate.

Are these shocks original? The reason I ask is that I don't see replacements listed for them on Year One or Classic Industries. They're kinda cool and I wouldn't mind replacing with the same, but mine tend to bleed out air after a while and need a recharge frequently.

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Re: Air Shocks- Are these original?

If you like them, spray the shock body, line and valve with soapy water and see if you can find the leak. It might be as simple as a leaky schrader valve or the line to the shock.
Even if the leak is in the body internally it can probably be rebuilt.

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No 1st gen came from the factory with air shocks... The only reason you might want them is if you tow behind your car. They do nothing to improve ride or handling.

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Re: Air Shocks- Are these original?

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No 1st gen came from the factory with air shocks... The only reason you might want them is if you tow behind your car. They do nothing to improve ride or handling.
X2. I would add that guys used air shocks to compensate for sagging springs.

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Re: Air Shocks- Are these original?

My car had been raced and had air shocks to give the fat tires clearance. The upper mounts were screwed into the sheet metal behind the rear seat!
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Re: Air Shocks- Are these original?

If the shocks are white, Gabriel HighJackers, 125 lbs max.
If they are yellow, Monroe Lifts, 125 lbs max.
If they are aqua or torquise, Delco Pleasurlifts, 90 lbs max.
Twenty-five lbs min for all.
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Re: Air Shocks- Are these original?

Thanks all for the ideas. This is making some sense to me. My car has traction bars (old ones) installed on multi leaf springs which came with the 350 option on my car. (Original motor long since gone, replaced with an 80's 350 block, which I took out and replaced with 383)

Could be that the traction bars required the rear end height to rise and so the air adjust shocks were used. Shocks are white.

Hopefully in December I'll be doing my rear end swap, so I'll be taking them out and I'll see what condition they are in, and if anything on them is serviceable.

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Air shocks could have been used to lift up the body so rear tires would not rub on the wheel opening, as compared to '67 & '68.

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Re: Air Shocks- Are these original?

That's horrible! I can one up you though. When I bough this car almost 20 years ago, it was on its way to being raced. Headers don't fit with the AC "suitcase" on the firewall... solution? Torch that out of the way. Yeah.

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Doug Thorley tri-y headers work with small block AC applications.
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