Q: Spiral Shocks for 1968
I’m looking for a set of original correct 1968 Firebird spiral shocks.
A: …I too have been chasing ‘Sprial’ Shocks for a few years now. I have found a couple of NOS shocks (1 rear, 1 front) as well as some used one’s. Still trying to find the correct, part numbered units for a 1968 Firebird (I know, that seems a bit ridiculous since this basic configuration was used on all 1967-1969 Firebirds, Camaros and ’68-’72 Novas, etc.. but, I enjoy the hunt 😉 Anyhow, there are a couple of people selling NOS/OEM Spiral Shocks in Hemmings…. Jim Shiro, Jim Stubbings (Heartbeat City) and this other guy…. firstname.lastname@example.org (R.V.A… Ross). They are all from the same ‘find’ and are front only. Date codes are in the mid to late 70s but application is basically the same. These have been selling for around $120 pr or so. They are not exact replacements for a 1968 Firebird as far as numbers matching. Not sure how they compare to originals as far as performance or ride.
Have you found a source for rebuilding these shocks ? Once upon a time, there was a place that claimed to be able to rebuild them but I’ve not heard anymore about them in quite sometime. Seems there would be a huge demand for a reproduction of the original Delco Sprial Shocks considering the wide-range of applications. If they made enough of them, the price would be low enough for even the everyday-drivers to buy them. Obviously, the internals would be upgraded. Which brings up the issue of finding NOS shocks. What do you suppose the condition is of the seals in 30+ year old shocks ? Same as with old decals, rubber floor mats, weather seals, Hoses, Belts. Be careful when buying these types of NOS parts…. just because something is NOS does not make it the better part.
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