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EFV-8 Club Forum / General Ford Discussion / Broken Shock

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46coupe
06-11-2021 @ 8:58 AM
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Trying the post again. My left rear lever shock broke the other day. The link that connects the lever arm with the bottom part by the spring pulled apart. I see where the lever fastens on because there is a nut fastened to a stud or bolt. The other end of the link looks like a ball and socket is fastened together. How do I get them apart? I also have looked for a person that rebuilds these shocks cause I thought I remembered seeing one of their ads. However I can't find the ad. can someone recommend anyone? I'm thinking about getting all 4 rebuilt. Thanks for your help/

40cpe
06-11-2021 @ 11:08 AM
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andy falandes <andys.shoxs@gmail.com>

Andy has rebuilt shocks for me and others here and on the Ford Barn. I've not heard any complaints on his work.

51woodie
06-12-2021 @ 2:46 AM
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46coupe. If I understand your description, you are looking for the shock links that connect the lever arm to the axle attachment point. I had to replace the rear ones on my '46 Coupe, and I got them from Carpenter P/N 99A18055-A 4.75" long. Check your length. For some reason, Carpenter doesn't list the Marsden nuts that go on the link studs, so I had to get a package of them from Mac's, P/N 21A-351022. The first pic shows the rear shock arm and axle connection point, and the other shows a pic of the front axle link

46coupe
06-12-2021 @ 4:37 AM
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Thanks to both of you for the website and pics of the parts involved. I'll be contacting Carpenters for the link. My other question is. How do I level the rear axle? It is at about a 20 degree angle right now while the car is on the lift. I tried to jack the left side of the axle up but no good. Would it be safe to put the jack under the drum in order to get the axle level and to attach the link at both ends? My lift is a Quick Jack so the car can only be lifted off the floor a short height.

TomO
06-12-2021 @ 7:51 AM
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It is not safe to try to jack up the axle by placing the jack under the drum. I would lower the car off of the Quick Jack and just jack up the rear end of the car and place a jack stand on the axle housing near the end that has the broken shock link. Then lower the jack until you can attach the link by bringing the shock arm closer to the axle housing.

Tom

46coupe
06-12-2021 @ 1:00 PM
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Thanks Tom
After I posted I found the threaded stud on the bottom part of the link. I had initially missed it as it was buried in paint, filler or something else. I figured the brake drum would not be a good idea as it’s cast and could break. I’m helping my wife dog sit this weekend at my son’s house so I’ve had time to think about other ways to level the two sides. I’d thought about doing what you suggested before reading your post. You’ve verified what I thought so now I know it will work.Thanks for your help and again to the other posters for answering the other parts of my questions.
Brad

3w2
06-12-2021 @ 5:52 PM
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It sounds like there is a cause and effect link between your damaged shock link and the cars list to one side, namely a frozen shock absorber. With a frozen shock, normal road undulations will make quick work of the link and depending in what position the arm on shock froze in, it could cause one side of the car to be higher or lower than the other side until the shock absorber is removed or the arm eventually broken off.

46coupe
06-13-2021 @ 5:50 PM
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I had not thought of a frozen shock. Last week I checked each shock by pushing down on each corner of the car. They seemed ok and the car was level. I put the car on the lift to start trying to find where a certain noise was coming from as mentioned in a previous post. I thought I would test drive the car which I did with no problems. The mysterious noise was still there. Returned to the garage and put the car up on the lift, that's when the link broke. I thought it had caught on something to stretch and break like that. The leaf spring is lower on the left side now and the right side has not come down to match it. BTW when I went to adjust the brakes while the car was lifted the first time, I could not spin the right rear tire completely. It was hitting the bottom part of the shock. Could this shock be frozen and caused the other side to break?
When I disconnect the long lever from the link, should I be able to move the lever up and down a little bit at all?
If I can't that might answer some of my questions?

46coupe
06-15-2021 @ 5:45 AM
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Another question. The shocks are full of fluid with some seepage around the seals. How does the shock “freeze” up? I’m asking as these are original to the car and now there’s a possibility of buying 1-4 rebuilt ones or having these rebuilt.
Thanks for your help.

51woodie
06-15-2021 @ 6:45 AM
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46coupe. Sorry, but I'm a bit confused about the "frozen shock" issue. If the links are disconnected from the shock lever, you should be able to move the arms up and down by hand. Depending on the condition of the shock, and assuming it is not seized, the arm will be easy or stiff to move up and down by hand.

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