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I tried to order 4 different items from RA and each item shipped from a different location. By the time I was ready to check out, my S/H charges exceeded the cost of the items. Need to say, I cancelled the order before I completed it.
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That's the one frustrating thing about RockAuto. By the time you pick alternate parts that all ship from the same location you wind up paying about the same amount you can get them for at Autozone or Advance Auto.

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I tried to order 4 different items from RA and each item shipped from a different location. By the time I was ready to check out, my S/H charges exceeded the cost of the items. Need to say, I cancelled the order before I completed it.
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Been burned that way myself, imagine the freight cost to this country!

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I realize what you pay all depends on what you put in the cart, but I paid Rock Auto $97.52 for all 4 shocks delivered to my front door. Same items shipped by O'Reilly's would have been $145.48.

I guess it just shows we always need to shop around at multiple vendors if we want to find the best prices.
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Old 01-14-2015, 11:34 PM
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It would appear that we all need to do our homework when ordering. Thankfully we have several suppliers to order from
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There was an old Uhaul paper tag attached the the brake light wiring in the trunk when I pulled the boards out Tuesday. I do not see any remnants of a frame hitch but there are two bends in the rear bumper that I believe were for some sort of bumper hitch.

I really like the stance of my 60' and I hope that those shocks are not what is keeping it at that height. I am going to try some basic Monroe shocks. I know the original post is almost a year old but finding rear shocks for the 60' only seems to have a few options.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000COO3Q6

https://www.rockauto.com/catalog/mor...162&cc=1336632

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Hopefully Tim Daleo (project Snowbird) won't mind me "borrowing" a few pics of his car.

The shocks on his car would be nice to find. They included a "helper" spring. Probably a style made for towing that are no longer available. Also looks like maybe an extra leaf was added? because of the additional bracket on the leaf springs.



Notice how his car sits with the rear fender just about the top of the hubcap.


Mine sits a little lower with the fender coming to about the top of the "rays" on the hubcap (and it seems mine sits pretty high compared to most).


Just an observation.....
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Hope the ride height doesn't change but I'm guessing those coil over shocks and possibly that extra bracket on the leaf spring may be helping hold the rear up a bit. It will depend on how good or bad the leaf springs are.

I've found some coil over shocks but haven't received the necessary info on them yet. Unfortunately they are for a lighter car, expensive and are only available outside the US so may not pan out.



Doubt you can tell from these pics but my car doesn't have that extra bracket - can you tell why yours is there?





Maybe - if it rides good - clean them up and keep them on there?
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I have not been able to find coil-over shocks with stud ends and am not a fan of helper springs so maybe I can just get them re-arched and use a basic shock. It answers the OP issue of increased height and gets me away from specialty equipment.

It would also be cool if there was a reference in the TRL for shocks. Since many of the years are different it would help during Searches if a list came up with modern equivalents from Gabriel, Monroe, KYB and Lakewood. Also since Courier and Rover shocks seem to be darn close it may help too to reference them as well.

Just my $.02

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My 60 convertible sits very similar to Tim's (bottom of fender at the top of the hubcap) and my springs look to be in similar condition to Tim's (minus the extra bracket).

I just replaced the old shocks with these Monroe 37191's at $26/each. These shocks never show up if you search for replacement shocks for a 1960 Thunderbird because Monroe only lists where they were OEM shocks.

There are several other options if you want something a little more "HD".
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The previous post is a great example of why the TRL could use a shock list and some pictures. I had no idea that the 37191 was a stem/stem based on quick looks at the product pages.

http://www.monroe.com/retail/assets/...engthSheet.pdf

Amazon, APW, Rock Auto and even MONROE have products pages of the 37191 with the incorrect picture. You have to dig around on the pages or have read some of this thread to know the difference between year and possible options.


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My 60 convertible sits very similar to Tim's (bottom of fender at the top of the hubcap) and my springs look to be in similar condition to Tim's (minus the extra bracket).

I just replaced the old shocks with these Monroe 37191's at $26/each. These shocks never show up if you search for replacement shocks for a 1960 Thunderbird because Monroe only lists where they were OEM shocks.

There are several other options if you want something a little more "HD".

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Old 01-15-2015, 09:09 PM
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I think the 37191's just hit the radar screen 2 months ago on this thread thanks to Dave Dare ~simplyconnected. Since then a couple of us have purchased and installed them in the last couple of weeks.

But I do like the idea of some additional "interchange parts" info.

1990's Land Rovers of various models seem to use these shocks or shocks with very similar dimensions on the front.
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