Shocks

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Mike Echemann

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<font face="Arial" size="2">I'm considering installing a set of Hughs shocks. Can I get some testimonials from anyone using them. Was the ride better? Did they fit correct? Did you install small or large springs on the rear and if large did they rub the tires on an early car? Was there any problem with the wheel drop, ie in the water has anyone experienced an axle shaft pulling out ofthe tranny end. I'll be installing them on a 64 with bolt on in front and small springs in the rear. I guess the rear require the larger springs.</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">I'd like to hear how others feel about these shocks. They look nice but are expensive.</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">Mike</font>
 
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richard martin

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<font face="Arial" size="2">I installed 2 new rear and 2 new front shocks from Gordens recently and have no problem. It handles better on the road and they look very nice.. The Penguin</font>
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<font face="Arial" size="2">I'm considering installing a set of Hughs shocks. Can I get some testimonials from anyone using them. Was the ride better? Did they fit correct? Did you install small or large springs on the rear and if large did they rub the tires on an early car? Was there any problem with the wheel drop, ie in the water has anyone experienced an axle shaft pulling out ofthe tranny end. I'll be installing them on a 64 with bolt on in front and small springs in the rear. I guess the rear require the larger springs.</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">I'd like to hear how others feel about these shocks. They look nice but are expensive.</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">Mike</font>
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wick68355@aol.com

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<font FACE="arial,helvetica"><font SIZE="2">Last week I ordered the shocks listed in a July article about shocks
available from the surplus center in Lincoln Nebraska. They did not arrive
so I called them back. It seems as if the shocks they are selling have some
sort of a hairline crack and are being sent out to a machine shop to be
repaired. I will let you know when they arrive and of they will work

Tim wick

Wisconsin</font>
 
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ivornixon

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<font color="#000000" size="2">Scott Moses inquired (Jul. 10) about using some kind of standard shock. Back about 15 years ago I was informed that the Porsch Carrera shock could be modified to fir Amphicar. In the case of my 1962 model I was able to use the English Armstrong S62 by cutting 1" off the shaft. This was 10 years ago. I don't know how the prices would now compare with Gordon's.</font>
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<font color="#000000" size="2">Ivor Nixon</font>
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wcapron2001

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Well it finally happened. My daughter and I headed out for an errand
and a swim and the Amphi let me down. The left rear shock rod broke.
This caused the suspension to collapse and altho driveable, there was
a rubbing noise in the left rear. Knowing how expensive Amphi parts
are I called a tow truck.
Upon arrival at home I removed the broken shock and found two things,
1) it had been bent for a long time as the hole that the rod passes
thru was worn to an egg shape and 2) the rubbing noise was the clamp
on the axel boot digging into the tunnel. Another mile or so and it
would have punched thru.
Question, What about shocks? Is Gordons the only source? Has anybody
tried to weld spring mounts onto existing standard type shocks?
Because I own a Texaco station I have a very good relationship with
my NAPA parts store. I am going to try and get their help in finding
a shock that fits and then I will see about mounting the spring.
Bill Capron, Sunny and 75 and no Amphi to drive.
 
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vaircrazy

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--- In amphicar-lovers@y..., "wcapron2001" <wcarron@q...> wrote:
> Question, What about shocks? Is Gordons the only source? Has
anybody
> tried to weld spring mounts onto existing standard type shocks?
> Because I own a Texaco station I have a very good relationship with
> my NAPA parts store. I am going to try and get their help in
finding
> a shock that fits and then I will see about mounting the spring.
> Bill Capron, Sunny and 75 and no Amphi to drive.

Bill,
I have tried to find a suitable replacement for the shocks but have
had no luck falling short of finding a replacement to weld the
mounting eyelets on. The top is threaded on the bottom is welded.
Good luck. The only suitable replacement would be thru Hugh but they
are pricey.
Mike Bayman
Urbana, Ohio
 
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Allan Woodcock

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I have a copy of the write-up Rick Fry has done on Amphi Shocks. Can't
seem to find it on the Yahoo Archives though. W Capron (or anyone else)
- if you want me to e-mail you a copy send me an e-mail at:
awoodc@earthlink.net. It's a great article with step by step
instructions on making shocks from off the shelf parts.
Allan
'66 red
 
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Gord Souter

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Jeff from Toronto did some big research on Sunday
and found a great set of shocks at a supplier for Snowmobiles.
and for bushing he to a sample of shocks from me and went to a spring shop
and got exact
bushings and will weld them on.
a bit of work but will be a good source .
I will not sell this set up but will post when he id done and tested as
what to get and where
on the parts info section.
Gord Souter,Canadian 4 amphs,
3860 Carlyon line
RR4 ORILLIA ONT.
L3V 6H4

MY new phone # is 1 705 327 2820

I buy, sell and restore Only Amphicars
over 700 different parts for sale.
Interior kits and fibreglass panels my specialty!


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a_colo_native

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Gord,

Snowmobile shocks? Unless those snowmobiles are about 2600lbs
(60/40 weight), I would think they will be in-adequate for the
Amphi.

John
 
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WB6WSN

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Re: Re: Shocks

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Gord,

Snowmobile shocks? Unless those snowmobiles are about 2600lbs
(60/40 weight), I would think they will be in-adequate for the
Amphi.

John


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<font face="Times New Roman" color="#0000ff" size="4">Let's see what the details are on those new shocks. Remember, those Canucks are pretty serious about their snowmobiles!</font>
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<font face="Times New Roman" color="#0000ff" size="4">Ed
El Cajon, CA USA
67 Rust Guppy
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Gord Souter

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2600 divvied by 4 is 650 lbs per wheel..
slead..about900 lbs. driver... me 250 lbs=1150. shocks on suspension in
track 1 or 2
there gas charged real tough, and fully adjustable against our spring..
sounds good. will let you know.
GORD
1 more week for interior kits at $890.00


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tazman3115@aol.com

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<font FACE="arial,helvetica"><font SIZE="2" PTSIZE="10" FAMILY="SANSSERIF" FACE="Arial" LANG="0">Thank you Bo for taking the time to try to help all of us. If not to pricey or unreasonable I would be interested in 2 pairs of rears and a set of fronts for an early and a late car. Thank you Chuck in MI</font>
 
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Ken ''KD'' Roy

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Any word on getting our original shocks rebuilt?
The shocks on my 67 Amphi are pretty shot, so I either need replacements, or
rebuilt ones.
What's the best way to go?

Till later.....
Ken Roy
kdroy@hotmail.com
 
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a_colo_native

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Ken,

A sample was sent off to the guy who said it may be do-able. I have no
idea what his schedule is like so I don't know if he needs a week or a
month. Once I get an answer I'll let all know what happened. I'm tired
of driving with shot shocks and not willing to spend a grand to
replace them.

John
 
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Gord Souter

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I picked up some shocks today for late style amphi. they were out of o4-258
but had 08-168 , look same but $14.00 more.
will keep you posted on how I modify it to work.
and will get photos in my web
go there now and click on notes and tips for part information.
(www.amphicar.ca)

G-Man.


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Ken ''KD'' Roy

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I just ordered some monroe 58253 front shocks for my 67 Amphi, but havent
received them yet.
I'll keep you posted on whether the work or not.
I found some monroe 58620 shock for the rear, & got excited for a moment.
They would have fit, except they were 17" long instead of 16".
I was looking at my old one & it looks like the top bushing/sleeve might
unscrew from the shock rod.
If this is true, mayby one could cut an inch of the monroe, thead the rod, &
screw the old part back on. Does anyone know if it unscrews??

Till later.....
Ken Roy
 
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amphijim

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With all this talk lately about shocks and what might or might not
fit, function properly, etc., here is a novel concept:
If you need shocks, buy them from Gordon Imports. Hugh has done a
lot of research and has a product that meets or exceeds the
specifications of the OEM units. The shocks he sells are very high
quality, adjustable in both height and dampening, fit the car without
any modifications, and they last. And just for the record, they look
really cool!
I have over 4,000 miles on my car since installing Gordon's shocks.
Frankly, after using these, I wouldn't run anything else. Especially
something I had to modify first to make fit!
Sooo.... we can do all our own research, testing, etc., and come
up with someting that might (or might not) be up to the task, or we
can call the Gordons and get parts designed and engineered for the
job. It doesn't seem that difficult a decision to me.
 
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a_colo_native

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Hugh does not have the shocks that fit the early style cars without
mods that need to be done, only late, thru hull type are available
w/o mods.

John

--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "amphijim" <Amphijim@...>
wrote:
>
> With all this talk lately about shocks and what might or might
not
> fit, function properly, etc., here is a novel concept:
> If you need shocks, buy them from Gordon Imports. Hugh has done
a
> lot of research and has a product that meets or exceeds the
> specifications of the OEM units. The shocks he sells are very
high
> quality, adjustable in both height and dampening, fit the car
without
> any modifications, and they last. And just for the record, they
look
> really cool!
> I have over 4,000 miles on my car since installing Gordon's
shocks.
> Frankly, after using these, I wouldn't run anything else.
Especially
> something I had to modify first to make fit!
> Sooo.... we can do all our own research, testing, etc., and
come
> up with someting that might (or might not) be up to the task, or
we
> can call the Gordons and get parts designed and engineered for the
> job. It doesn't seem that difficult a decision to me.
>
 
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amphijim

Guest
I beg to differ, John. I have an early car and Hugh's shocks bolted
in right out of the box. No modifications necessary.
 
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a_colo_native

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<font face="arial">Jim - I was going by Hugh's description on his website. Minor mods for sure, but mods
Maybe he is doing them different now?
. - John</font>


<font face="arial"><font color="#0000ff">4-20-37a
"Requires your original large 3 3/4"" rear spring, as supplied on 1965-1967 North American Amphicars. Nitrogen gas charged with six firmness settings. Will fit early 1960-1964 Amphicars provided you install large rear spring 4-20-37S."</font>

--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "amphijim" <Amphijim@...> wrote:
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> I beg to differ, John. I have an early car and Hugh's shocks bolted
> in right out of the box. No modifications necessary.
>
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