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Camaro Research Group Discussion => Restoration => Topic started by: garyg257 on November 23, 2019, 02:48:10 PM

Title: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: garyg257 on November 23, 2019, 02:48:10 PM
Has anyone had any luck finding someone to rebuild the original, factory shock absorbers?  I know you can buy replacements with the original part numbers and stamp in the date codes but I would love to be able to reuse the originals.  Thanks
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: 70z28lt1 on November 23, 2019, 03:06:39 PM
Dan's Shocks
https://dansshocks.com/
Note: never used his services so I can't vouch for the quality or service.  But there are not many others that i know of.
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: BULLITT65 on November 23, 2019, 03:42:09 PM
This may be the same guy
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rebuilt-Delco-spiral-shocks-Buick-Pontiac-Oldsmobile-Cadillac-56-57-58-59-60-61/223165161647?hash=item33f5ae20af:g:kIwAAOSw~jxbzKxE:sc:FedExHomeDelivery!92563!US!-1&vxp=mtr

Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: garyg257 on November 24, 2019, 01:30:50 PM
Thanks for the reply.  I will be contacting Dan's Shocks to see what he says.  It sounds like just what I am looking for.  THANKS AGAIN
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: Mike S on November 24, 2019, 02:11:25 PM
That ad says no Camaro GTO Chevelle or Nova. I'd ask what does rebuild mean. If it means drilling a little hole and putting fluid in and sealing the hole then I wouldn't consider that rebuilt. Most shocks leak because the Piston is worn out.
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: BULLITT65 on November 24, 2019, 04:21:10 PM
I asked him about what shocks he had a few years ago, and he told me no Chevelle, camaro, GTO , nova. I think that means he doesn't have those on hand, but can rebuild them if provided.
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: KurtS on November 25, 2019, 03:29:07 AM
The design of the shock makes it very difficult to rebuild. There have been a couple of people that do it over the years, no recollection on how good the product was, but I know the discussion has happened before and is in the archives.
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: Edgemontvillage on November 25, 2019, 04:44:21 PM
Dan (Danís Shocks) has rebuilt two sets of original spiral shocks for my Camaros in the past 2 years. His work is excellent however the service is specialized and expensive with the turnaround time exceeding 6 months. He is the go-to for spiral shock rebuilding in the NCRS Community. I would call Dan directly to discuss your needs as heís often seriously backlogged and overwhelmed however he does get the work done.

Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: uscrichter on November 26, 2019, 12:01:03 AM
I just had a set of shocks arrive from Dan last week for one of my '68 Camaros and they look and work like factory new and can recommend him , however he did take four months which he made clear when I ordered them.
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: BULLITT65 on November 26, 2019, 01:19:46 AM
how much per shock for rebuild?
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: x66 714 on November 26, 2019, 11:03:13 AM
how much per shock for rebuild?

The last time I checked, it was 250.00 per shock...Joe
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: uscrichter on November 26, 2019, 08:05:00 PM
Yes they where $250.00Ea.
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: BULLITT65 on November 27, 2019, 01:30:26 AM
Well if I could find a set of 3192851, I would be ready to give the guy a shot..😁
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: uscrichter on November 27, 2019, 06:33:57 PM
That's the rear set he just sent me , he may have more!
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: 69Z28-RS on November 27, 2019, 06:36:01 PM
$250 each would buy a nice set of Koni's...   :)

Factory shocks, even HD ones, in that time frame lasted about a year in my experience... I doubt these rebuilt ones would last as long (if you really want to DRIVE the car)...

When I bought my '69 z28, it had the originals on it; I immediately replaced them with Gabriel Strider adjustables (which are still on it now which work just fine parked in the garage!)..   I have a new set of Konis for it when I again drive it...
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: Edgemontvillage on November 29, 2019, 12:14:29 AM
$250 each would buy a nice set of Koni's...   :)

Factory shocks, even HD ones, in that time frame lasted about a year in my experience... I doubt these rebuilt ones would last as long (if you really want to DRIVE the car)...

When I bought my '59 z28, it had the originals on it; I immediately replaced them with Gabriel Strider adjustables (which are still on it now which work just fine parked in the garage!)..   I have a new set of Konis for it when I again drive it...


Gary, you're right, original shocks are needed for technical judging events and for completeness of the car if originality is important. I would not leave rebuilt shocks installed on a car that's driven on a regular basis. New shock technology is affordable and the resulting ride quality is superior.
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: 68camaroz28 on December 06, 2019, 10:53:19 AM
Cannot remember name but there is a prime builder the ncrs guys use. Used to be around $800 for a set.
Title: Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
Post by: john302 on December 29, 2019, 09:39:48 PM
Dan has done shocks for me also. Very nice work . Its expensive and takes along time . Not for everyone. He has a set of mine right now.