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Re: Replacement shock recommendation?
Posted by Landjet [Email] (#16) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Landjet) on Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:00:17

In Reply to: Re: Replacement shock recommendation?, Frak [Profile/Gallery] , Sat, 9 Dec 2017 19:09:26
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This reminds me of some 30 years ago....or was it 40, OK it was 43 years ago...... coming home middle of deep cold winter, probably 1AM in the morning. On the 5 miles of gravel home but snowpacked, the 1963 caddy engine started to cut out. I turned off the lights, didn't need them from the full moon glaring on empty country roads, the sputtering went away. Kept the Led Zepplin / Stairway to Heaven on full blast until I skated up the curved driveway, beached the Tuna Boat ( nickname of the 18 foot convertible ), it died in back of the house pointing south. I abandoned ship, went to bed, came out to a frozen battery. Tried to jump it, the starter was dragging to the point it gave in as well. So, I have 6K pound car on gravel, middle of winter a north wind blowing about 20 knots from the stern.

I was able to get it up on dry dock stands, shimmied under the beast, and proceeded to change the starter on my back. I think I still have dents in my vertebrae from that episode. Got the battery and alternator changed, fired it up, thawed myself out and said I wasn't going to live in the boondocks anymore without shelter to fix cars.

So, I can feel your pain, those were the years that we heated the house with wood we cut, and hauled water to cistern in a 1953 Otis with a 500 gallon tank on the back. Moved to town, three of us split the 90 bucks a month rent, we had no gravel roads, just dirt alleys and central gas heater that sounded like a bomb going off when the mercury ladened switch turned it on.

Yeah, Royal Purple would be complete overkill for your situation.

OH, and get tall narrow tires that are soft and you'll quit biting your tongue off over bumps. After you get rid of the rock hard tires, some KYB shocks would do the trick rather than those Billy shocks.
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