Catalina 68 shocks

Discussion in 'suspension & brake,& aerodynamics' started by Arjen, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. Arjen

    Arjen Well-Known Member

    Hello everybody.
    Back from the holidays!
    Took my 68 cat for 1500 miles of cruising.
    And except that the airco clutch broke( on the warmest day of the year!) all went sublime.

    The car needs new suspension bushes and has a terrible tremble when braking .( drums? )
    To cut things short. What shocks would you suggest to improve the ride ( bit less boat...)
     
  2. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Premium gas charged shock absorber from Monroe.
    Or smaller budget Gabriel shocks.

    Not a race car so exotic shocks not warrented.
     
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  3. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Check the front control arms and bushings.
    Ball joints.
    Inner and outer tie rods.
    Idler arm.
    Pitnam arm.
    Steering box.
    Steering rag joint.
    Steering column and shaft bearings.

    Check the upper and lower rear control arm bushings.
    Lower arm bushing warn will cause instability also.

    Check the Motor mounts and trans mount also.

    Remove the wheels and check all brakes.

    Should take 1 hour to make all checks.
    Write it down on paper what's needed.
     
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  4. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Spend the extra for a Heavy Duty Fan clutch.
    Usually $40- 50 more than standard fan clutch.
    Extra cost buys the 100 % reliable for real hot days driving.

    Hot today also in Illinois on my Farm.
    Super humid.
     
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  5. Arjen

    Arjen Well-Known Member

    Thanks!!!
     
  6. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    Hey wait a minute! All the while I’ve been talking about my ‘68 Catalina and nobody said a thing about another member having one and Brian not saying anything! What’s up with that?
     
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  7. Arjen

    Arjen Well-Known Member

    Yep i have got one 2bbl full spec 400ci.
    One owner 57000 miles.
    Love it.
    How about yours ?
     
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  8. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    LOL! I have original motor 2 bbl, 400 Cu in. TH400 from a ‘68 Buick Skylark 400 GS Stage 1. Updated to a 8.75” rear with 3.73 gears. Convertible White top, Solar Red with all Red interior.
    56,000 miles, 4th owner. Documents from PHS.
    I don’t have any good pictures just yet. I plan on posting some new pics in a week or so. Perhaps a lousy one will do for now.

    E92B43E6-8179-4043-9DAE-1E10F6BC1DB3.jpeg Opps! Wrong ride!
     
  9. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    56F91464-CC17-4A6A-AAE1-4469D7F859A9.jpeg Interesting that this big looking car only weighed in at just under 4200lbs.*. See photo above.

    I have a weight gauge on my lift that is accurate to within 17.4 lbs at 5,000 lbs. At 10,000 lbs it’s + - 0.0047 (lbs)?
    Mohawk pays for the first County Weights & Measures Certificate or seal if you are using this for business purposes. I wasn’t home when the man came from the W&M dept, I would have liked to know how he figured the accuracy.
     
  10. Strictly Attitude

    Strictly Attitude solid fixture here in the forum

    They use certified weights we have to do it to all our scales here. Just weights put on the scale that with in a certain spec. Our weight here have to be certified also yearly.
     
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  11. Arjen

    Arjen Well-Known Member

    Here is my cat!
     

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  12. Strictly Attitude

    Strictly Attitude solid fixture here in the forum

    Awesome love it
     
  13. Maniacmechanic1

    Maniacmechanic1 solid fixture here in the forum

    Nice.
     
  14. chromebumpers

    chromebumpers solid fixture here in the forum Staff Member

    Is that lower front valance which includes the front turn signals made of chrome? I haven’t seen one ever.
     
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  15. Indycars

    Indycars Administrator Staff Member

    Wow, that is a very nice Catalina !
     
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  16. Arjen

    Arjen Well-Known Member

    Yes of is all original . I have the original invoice and order form. 1 owner car.
     

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