View Full Version : Shock Absorbers ??

07-14-2006, 08:48 PM
What Shock Absorber do I ask for that has the helper spring on it?

Its for my 56J the normal shocks are REAR: SEARS 94060. GABRIEL (GAS) 82060hock

Please respond not like my question on wipers.



Proud owner of the Hawk from Hell...... aka as a tow truck queen

07-14-2006, 10:20 PM
I have not a clue, hope someone can help, a good question.

07-14-2006, 10:32 PM
I have removed several set of those "coil-spring" style over-load shocks through the years, to replace them with air-shocks. You can cross over the gas shock number to one for an air shock. The nice part is when you need to carry a full load, you pump em' up...when she's empty, you let her back down. You're not ridin' around empty with the back end hiked up too high. Just a thought:).
Dan Miller

Road Racers turn left AND right.

07-15-2006, 01:34 PM
Bill, You can use Monroe Limited Edition Load Levelers P/N LE40497,
There is also a parts pack P829 for the small pieces to shim everything up right. Some others are out there you could check interchange books since some people do not like Monroe.
The interchange is
50-51 Cadillac
65-68 Cadillac
57-59 Chev truck C&R series
49-51 Ford full size wagon
55-59 GMC truck C&R series 2WD
60-62 GMC P-series pannel trucks and last but not least
51-56 Studebaker all exc. station wagon

07-15-2006, 07:13 PM
Would these suggested numbers work on a 1955 President State?

07-15-2006, 09:51 PM
Curt, I have never had a 55 President State the Y5 or Y6 one with the wrap around the other without. But unless they put it on a D3 or D5 frame it should work.

07-16-2006, 12:45 PM
I like the idea of the air shocks. Thanks. One of the most confusing thing is which way a GH (56) should "sit". I know mine is low in the rear, but if you look at factory photos, most show it with he rear covering the top of the tire. I have seen cars where the owner has lifted the rear end to where you can almost see the entire tire.


Proud owner of the Hawk from Hell...... aka as a tow truck queen

07-16-2006, 07:36 PM
Bill - The rear tire should be about half the whitewall up into the rear quarter panel.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY
1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

07-16-2006, 09:38 PM
Be careful of supporting too much of the cars weight with the shock
mounts, the crossmember that goes over the rear axle wasnt designed to
handle the weight of the vehicle, so its best to only use helper type
springs for a little help, not a LOT of help - if you catch my drift.