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Measured the distance between the lower shock mounting bolts, but have a distance of 2 3/4" between them. That would mean the the lower mount should be an XP6, and that one i don´t see in the list from Monroe.
Or i just have to buy a lower open eye end shock, which is already installed on mine now.
OR, for $18.12/each (at rockauto.com), you can buy the 5936 shocks and open the holes.

There is only 1/4" difference between 2-1/2" and 2-3/4". That's .25" or 6.5mm.
You can either use an angle grinder and open the closed holes into "crows feet" (open holes) or use a burr to slot the holes. You don't need much, 3mm on each side.

For the price of this quality shock, I would open the holes.
BTW, your holes may not be spread that far apart. 2-3/4" is an odd size that most cars did not use. Re-check your measurement. - Dave
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I´m a bit lost with my rear shocks now. Measured the distance between the upper and the lower shock mount with the car level in the garage, and it measures 21,5". The shock in extended state measures 23". I understood that the shock should have an extended lenght of 20". I measured the ride height some time ago and it was within specs.
My lower shock mount is not original, since a previous owner made a bracket to fit a shock with an eye end. The bracket is mounted on the axle, where normally the X-pin is mounted. I don´t see the bracket to be a problem, its just an other way to mount a shock. But the dimensions are out of specs. What can be wrong here???
Anyone can give me the height from the ground to the aft part of the wing? I measured the roof height before, which was within spec. But when i look at my rear wheel, i can see a lot more of the hub cap then i see on pictures of other 58 birds.
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What part number shocks are you referring to? What did you get? Where are you measuring from? If the shock has a shut height of 20", that's what it has.

Your shocks are the lower stop for your suspension.

As the Ford illustration shows, your OEM shocks had a cross bar. Replacements should too. - Dave
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I didn´t buy any new shock yet, just referring to the ones installed on the bird now. The shocks are from a Brazilian brand. The shock is still mounted on the upper side, so measuring from the upper side of the shock housing to the lower side of the shock bracket. That measurement is 23". While the 5936 shock is only 20" extended, it would never fit on my bird, because the distance between upper mount and lower mount is already 21,5" at normal ride height.
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Just to be sure that the shocks are the problem for the harsh ride, i just removed them for a short road test. The shocks don´t seem to be my problem, but the springs. Even without the shocks, the ride is still very stiff. Ofcourse it bounces a bit, but not much. So it seems that the springs are for a much heavier vehicle. What is a good place to get 58 coil springs from?
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Just to be sure that the shocks are the problem for the harsh ride, i just removed them for a short road test. The shocks don´t seem to be my problem, but the springs. Even without the shocks, the ride is still very stiff. Ofcourse it bounces a bit, but not much. So it seems that the springs are for a much heavier vehicle. What is a good place to get 58 coil springs from?
I'll trade ya, I hate the mushy soft ride on my 58.
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I'll trade ya, I hate the mushy soft ride on my 58.
Are your springs as new?
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Are your springs as new?
They were in 58.... Car was a two owner original car when it was given to me, paint is still original on her(what's left of it)

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Original springs from 58 will be compressed after so many years. Would prefer to put some new springs on. I found a site, where the pair of the rear springs cost $550. Did someone already install new springs from another car, which fit and perform well?
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Original springs from 58 will be compressed after so many years. Would prefer to put some new springs on. I found a site, where the pair of the rear springs cost $550. Did someone already install new springs from another car, which fit and perform well?
$550 seems pretty steep. But yes, I wouldn't be surprised if my springs are shot, but I do like the lower height they are sitting at.
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