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« on: March 05, 2020, 04:48:41 PM »
Hi, I need some help trying to figure out what type of rear shocks on my 76 station wagon. I have parts from 3 different pintos and all the rear shock upper mounts are the same. Trouble is my car is different. The upper mount has only 2 studs fixed to the body not the 3 holes for the typical mount. I cannot find any shocks that will mount to this type of set up, i'm sure it's factory because it doesn't look altered. Any help would be very useful. Thanks, Dale

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Re: rear shocks
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2020, 01:06:22 PM »
Let me do some research   :)
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Re: rear shocks
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2020, 07:14:48 PM »
The shocks on both of my cruising wagons have two studs or maybe two bolts (?) but there is no plate with three mounting holes. Must be just for non-wagons. So are you saying there are no shocks available? Because l don't see any listed for a wagon on RockAuto!!
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Re: rear shocks
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2020, 07:44:32 PM »
I did find a set of shocks that will work, they are used but are in workable condition. Mine is a wagon but I can't find any new shocks listed anywhere except the one's listed for the mounts that require the brackets. That's ok, I don't think I will ever drive the car enough to where out the shocks.

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Re: rear shocks
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2020, 02:11:51 PM »
Any ides what the ones you found fit? Because l am going to need some for the wagon l am building!
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Re: rear shocks
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2020, 02:30:35 PM »
they fit but I got them from a man in Wa. state, there used, I never could find any new one's.

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Re: rear shocks
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2020, 05:42:03 PM »
Back in the day.....a long, long time ago (LOL) I could and did, go to parts stores & give them the stroke & pin/eye measurements & get shocks that worked.

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Re: rear shocks
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2020, 07:19:30 PM »
Do at your own risk but I used the regular sedan shocks and just used spaces to "center" the shocks on my wagon. Damper wise I don't know the difference but the length I believe is about 2" longer. The spacers made up about 1-1/2" and the rest I have never noticed. Note that I only show this on the bottom but I did it at the top too.


 Most shock manufacturers have the shock end and travel length listed on their websites. Perhaps you can find something that way.

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Re: rear shocks
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2020, 10:55:27 PM »
Thanks l guess l'll figure it out when l get to that point. l plan to lower it at least 2" so......who knows what will work lol
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Re: rear shocks
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2020, 02:37:44 PM »
Late 70's Camaro shocks work. They are about 2 1/2 inches longer, but compressed length is
 about the same.
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Re: rear shocks
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2020, 04:06:53 PM »
I think l'm going to use an Explorer 8.8 rear end with disc brakes so l'll probably have to fab something but those might still work. Thanks for the info
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Re: rear shocks
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2020, 04:35:16 PM »
That's great to know, thank you for your input, I was wondering how to replace shocks after I ware out the one's I have.