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wick68355@aol.com

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<font FACE="arial,helvetica"><font SIZE="2">This last summer I noticed a message from Ken Chambers regarding front shocks. Ken did some research and found some coil over shocks made by Maeco and available from the surplus center in Lincoln, Nebraska. I decided to order a pair and give them a try. The shocks did not arrive for almost four weeks. I called the Surplus Center to find out what happened. The person on the other end told me the had sent the shocks out for some sort of a repair as the believed there was some sort of a hair line crack. When the shocks finally arrived I could not find any evidence of any repair. They looked fine. I have since installed them on my Amphicar and have driven 500 miles on them. These shocks are not a bolt on installation. The holes in the shocks are not the same as original. You must either replace the bolts with smaller bolts or drill the shocks out to the original Amphicar size holes. I decided to drill out the shocks and you the original bolts because they would be tighter in the mounting area on the suspension and body. Remember when drilling the sleeves on the shocks are pressed into rubber and will melt when the drill gets hot. Keep some water close by to cool it off as drilling. I find the shocks work well. Much better than my old water filled originals. I also used large flat washer as shims because the shock mounts are narrower than original.

Tomorrow I will share my experience of up dating my ignition system to pointless electronic infrared.



Tim Wick

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wick68355@aol.com

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<font FACE="arial,helvetica"><font SIZE="2">A follow up on my e mail regarding front shocks. The front shocks I used were not for the thru the wheel well style car. These shocks use a horizontal bolt on the top and the bottom. The Surplus Center is located at 1015 "O" Street Lincoln, Nebraska,

68501. You can call them at 1-800-488-3407. The shocks are listed as item number 28-1342 in catalog number 274. They are made by Maeco and their number is PK22K1. The cost is 18.99. Thank Ken Chambers for finding these shocks. All I did was order them and try them.

I might suggest calling the surplus center and seeing f they will send you a catalog. They have everything from switches to motors to trailer part. you name it.

Thanks
Tim Wick</font>
 
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Ken Chambers

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Hi Tim,

Thanks for the report on those Maeco coil over surplus shocks. I also ordered a
set of them a few months ago and received them right
away. I think they still have quite a few in stock. That story you got about
having to fix them doesn't make sense. I think there was
some simple misunderstanding at the surplus company. The shocks I received look
perfectly fine and new.

I'm glad to hear you were able to fit the shocks on your Amphi without too much
work. As I mentioned a while back, the bushing holes are
7/16 and need to be enlarged about 0.035 inch to 12mm. A few spacer washers,
like you did, takes care of the bushing length as well. It
may also be possible to press the old bushings into the new shock mounts.

I haven't quite gotten around to installing these shocks on the front of my
Amphi but your report has given me some inspiration to do
so. Thanks again.

Ken Chambers, CA
'64 Amphi


> This last summer I noticed a message from Ken Chambers regarding front
> shocks. Ken did some research and found some coil over shocks made by Maeco
> and available from the surplus center in Lincoln, Nebraska. I decided to
> order a pair and give them a try. The shocks did not arrive for almost four
> weeks. I called the Surplus Center to find out what happened. The person on
> the other end told me the had sent the shocks out for some sort of a repair
> as the believed there was some sort of a hair line crack. When the shocks
> finally arrived I could not find any evidence of any repair. They looked
> fine. I have since installed them on my Amphicar and have driven 500 miles
> on them. These shocks are not a bolt on installation. The holes in the shocks
> are not the same as original. You must either replace the bolts with smaller
> bolts or drill the shocks out to the original Amphicar size holes. I decided
> to drill out the shocks and you the original bolts because they would be
> tighter in the mounting area on the suspension and body. Remember when
> drilling the sleeves on the shocks are pressed into rubber and will melt when
> the drill gets hot. Keep some water close by to cool it off as drilling. I
> find the shocks work well. Much better than my old water filled originals. I
> also used large flat washer as shims because the shock mounts are narrower
> than original.
> Tomorrow I will share my experience of up dating my ignition system to
> pointless electronic infrared.
>
> Tim Wick
> white 63
 
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Moses Scott Civ 22 LG

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RE: Re: front shocks

I bought a set of these shocks right after Ken originally mentioned
them. I have run them all summer with lots of road and water time. To
date, they have worked fine and for $42 delivered, I should buy several
sets for future use.

Scott Moses
Kansas
 
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David Derer

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monroe number 58253 **** BEWARE*** I Have NOT used this. Some one called
Me and said this was a very very easy shock to use on late Amphis front.
I am always very hesitant about shocks. The effects of a shock braking
can be total destruction. I am currently using Aldens in rear and nos
from MIke E. in front. Ken Roy should of had his done-lets see what he
has to say. Later Dave the Wave
 
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