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garyg257

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Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« 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

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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #1 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.

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1969 garnet red Z/28 46k mile unrestored X77
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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #3 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

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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #4 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.
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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #5 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.
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-Looking for 3192477 (front) spiral shocks 3192851 (rear)
-Looking for an original LOF soft ray windshield
-Looking for original Delco side post negative battery cable part # 6297651AV

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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #6 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.
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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #7 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.


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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #8 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.

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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2019, 01:19:46 AM »
how much per shock for rebuild?
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-Looking for 3192477 (front) spiral shocks 3192851 (rear)
-Looking for an original LOF soft ray windshield
-Looking for original Delco side post negative battery cable part # 6297651AV

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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #10 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
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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2019, 08:05:00 PM »
Yes they where $250.00Ea.

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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #12 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..😁
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-Looking for 3192477 (front) spiral shocks 3192851 (rear)
-Looking for an original LOF soft ray windshield
-Looking for original Delco side post negative battery cable part # 6297651AV

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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2019, 06:33:57 PM »
That's the rear set he just sent me , he may have more!

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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #14 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...
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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #15 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.

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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #16 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.
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Re: Rebuilding factory shock absorbers
« Reply #17 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.