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front shocks 1939
#1335171 Mon Nov 25 2019 02:40 AM
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hello , I have a 1939 chevy 1 1/2 ton truck , I would like to put front shocks on this truck , any ideas or kits out there . and even a sway bar . I have not seen any places on this truck that

it ever had shocks . just trying to improve the ride . thank you 1pete1

Re: front shocks 1939
1pete1 #1335180 Mon Nov 25 2019 03:24 AM
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If there are not mounts installed, it never had shocks. Look at the mounts on '40's and '50's GM trucks.


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Re: front shocks 1939
1pete1 #1336130 Mon Dec 02 2019 08:33 PM
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5-points classic auto shock. Santa Ana, Ca. Ask for Mike.
These guys are10-star, the most excellent.

Re: front shocks 1939
1pete1 #1336202 Tue Dec 03 2019 05:46 AM
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If you are running Bias tires with stock front springs it will be hard to improve the ride. I don't think shocks will do much good as they are there to stop spring rebound and I bet your not moving the springs much at all if your not loaded.

Radial tires might help...

Mike B smile

Re: front shocks 1939
1pete1 #1336215 Tue Dec 03 2019 01:35 PM
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I added front shocks to my '38 1 ton. It made the front axle settle down. It used to jump a lot going over any bump and rut in the road.
I bought shocks for a '53 Chevy truck from Rock Auto. I had to fabricate a top mount and drill the frame.


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Re: front shocks 1939
1pete1 #1336265 Tue Dec 03 2019 06:57 PM
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Fabricated mount for shock and added radial ply , helped a lot .

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Re: front shocks 1939
1pete1 #1336331 Wed Dec 04 2019 12:56 AM
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Well, at one time I had a 1941 1 1/2 ton that had knee shocks front and back. Unfortunately, I sent the back shocks to the scrap yard with the back half of the frame. The front shocks I may still have. If I do, I'll try and snap a picture of them for you.


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