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Old 05-23-2017, 08:53 AM   #1
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Question Shock Install Help

I have a 1929 CCPU. I bought a shock kit with original tubular links (Bratton's #24840). I was able to install the rear shocks without any issues. I found that pressing the shock arm ball joint into the tubular link with a "C-Clamp" worked well (put painters tape to protect paint on arm & link).

I ran into a couple of issues when trying to install the front shocks.
1. With shock mounted on frame, the shock arm and links do not line up and can't install ball joints into link.
2. There are 4 holes (2 sets) in the frame that line up with the shock mounting holes/bolts. Which holes do I use to mount the shock? Closest to axle or furthest from axle? Closest holes places link in vertical position; furthest holes flattens link angle.

To install front shocks, I removed tires and placed jack stands under axle. Does this not allow for enough room to connect link & arm? Should I put stands under frame? Leave tires on?

I've found alot of great info from this group. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks...

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Old 05-23-2017, 09:34 AM   #2
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Default Re: Shock Install Help

I had mine on jack stands when I did mine. The trick for me was to not tighten the shocks all the way until the links were attached. More info: http://www.a31woody.com/2017/02/inst...s-was.html?m=1


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Old 05-23-2017, 09:34 AM   #3
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Default Re: Shock Install Help

I also have a 29 ccpu and I added shocks about a year ago. My truck also had 4 holes in each frame rail.

The picture shows where I mounted mine....

And it looks like I had the jack stands under the frame, with the floor jack supporting the axle, so the axle could be raised or lowered as needed.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:39 AM   #4
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Question Re: Shock Install Help

Thanks for the help Gentlemen!

All shocks installed. Placing jack stands under frame allowed for enough room to align tubular link & arm. Stands under front axle compressed the spring, which didn't allow room to align parts. I used a floor jack to raise/lower axle to align parts.

Right front link is vertical, but left link has slight angle. Looks like the axle may be shifted to the left side. Would it be a big job to correct axle position?
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:54 AM   #5
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How much of a difference in the front shock angle? How does car drive down the road with the new shocks? Front spring condition? Wish bone?
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Old 05-27-2017, 01:46 PM   #6
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Is the front spring center bolt broken?? Is the bolt head in the hole in the frame??
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