Correct rear shock lower bolts

Discussion in 'Chassis restoration' started by copperheadgs1, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    Can anyone confirm this is a correct rear shock carriage type mounting bolt? I am pretty sure it is. I just found it in a stash of parts that came with my GSX and never noticed it. Head is shock gray and has two flat spots on it. It is California pristine like most of the metal on that car. I looked for these for a while when I restored the car and never knew I was sitting o 0A42327C-EF77-407E-B28E-39B4D1BD13E5.jpeg on one. I have not found another though.
     
  2. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    No, Im fairly sure those are aftermarket. I have a set of those in my toolbox. The factory lower mounts look more like this

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  3. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    It is not, that's what comes with parts store shocks
     
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  4. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    You guys burst my bubble. I thought they were carriage type?
     
  5. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    I wish someone would reproduce the correct lower mount. Doesn't seem like that hard of a task. Im honestly shocked (see what I did there?) none of the big vendors has done it yet. I know Steve Caruso was making them at some point but no more.
     
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  6. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

  7. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    I bet you can take those aftermarkets that Dave has and duplicate the original mount in a lathe pretty easily. You'd have to spin the mount in a lathe and machine off the head. Then machine a step down on the end for a washer, then stake the washer on like the factory did. Every GM car came with that style mount too. I bet they'd sell like hotcakes

    btw- those aftermarket mounts come with a spacer for in between the shock and axle
     
  8. mrolds69

    mrolds69 Still restoring!!!

    All true except many shocks now don't include the stud now. That particular type of stud came with old Monroes, maybe others. Typically you see those Dorman type studs with nuts on both ends. I like that style of stud that Dave shows, if you paint them shock color they look decent.
     
  9. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    Yes, same here Frank. I am used to seeing the double studded type too.
     
  10. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    Thanks for the pictures guys.
     
  11. Duane

    Duane Member

    I fabricated my own by re-cycling original lower bolts from shocks that were beat,.......................however they were reproduced at one time. I don't remember, but I think Steve Caruso made copies that looked really really close. I may still have a set laying around.
    Duane
     
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  12. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    Could you post up a pic of those Caruso lower mounts if you can dig them up? Im curious to see what they look like
     
  13. ajesh35

    ajesh35 Well-Known Member

    Steve Caruso did make them I don’t think he’s doing it know
     
  14. Duane

    Duane Member

    Here are a few pics.

    The nice thing with these was you could remove them and then put them on other shocks if you wanted. They were absolutely beautiful parts.
    Duane


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  15. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    Steve, calling Steve. There is money on the table.
     
  16. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    I'd be a buyer on those if you want to sell them Duane
     
  17. bignastyGS

    bignastyGS Maggot pilot

    Wow...I know I tossed 5-6 set of those OEM's as I thought they were incorrect.Don't know why I thought th ones in the first post were the right ones. Big mistake there I guess..
     
  18. UNDERDOG350

    UNDERDOG350 350 Buick purestock racer

    Not as much money on the table as you would think. I was re-machining the replacement shock bolt as David shows into what Duane has pictured. Then supplied the correct hardware. They stopped selling the shock bolt kits. I looked into having the entire bolt made from scratch but the cost didn't justify the few orders. I did shop these around to the big box resto parts suppliers and got zero interest. And no I don't have any remaining. sorry.
     
  19. Duane

    Duane Member

    "I'd be a buyer on those if you want to sell them Duane"

    Sorry Jason, I need to keep them for a while.
    Duane

    Steve,
    I may have a few sets of the ones Dave pictured in his first post. Is this something you would be interested in doing again? I can probably get a few more "cores" from the guys around here.
    Duane

    PS. Now you know how I feel every time someone asks if I still make a part I no longer have. Sorry.
     
  20. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    I have this pair-

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