Classic/Antique Car Repair/Shock absorber oil

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Question
Dear Mr. Bahm, could you please tell me which kind of oil I should use for the shock absorbers? Do you change it every 5000 miles? Thank you very much. Best regards Gernot

Answer
I don't know what oil to use.  Years ago, a supplier told me to use glycern.  I got some and never used it.  Most of our original shocks don't really work very well.  We get them to working, then forget about them until something breaks and we find out that there is no resistance anymore.  I would call Snyders and ask them.  1 330 549 5313.  I don't think there is any schedule that says to change that oil.  Just fill it.  If you consider putting modern shocks on, be careful of the brackets you use.  Most people don't realize the high impact loading on the brackets.  If you know someone running modern shocks, ask them how many times the brackets  have broken.  Most break after a while.  There are good ones out there.  Good luck.  jack

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Expertise

Only repair type questions on the 1928-1931 Ford Model A.

Experience

Owned one when I was 15 yrs old, and now have owned 5. Still own and play with 2 of them.

Organizations
Oakleaf region of MARC. Model A Restorers Club. I have put several Model A videos on the Oakleaf site that may be of help. Things like how to start the A, how to Time it, how to troubleshoot it.. Go to oakleafregion.org and you will find them. Also, go to youtube.com and search for "jackbahm" and you will find over a hundred videos. Many about the Model A and our outings. jack

Publications
"More than you need to know about cars." Just a small book for Car Nuts. Blurb.com "Model A Ford Tips and Hints" Blurb.com "Get A Horse" (What to do when Henry's Lady quits on you.) Blurb.com or Snyder's Antique Parts. "Engineering Stuff" (For the Kid who likes to take things apart and get them back together). Kids book for ages 10-16. Blurb.com 2012 Many Model A movies that can be found on youtube.com/jackbahm

Education/Credentials
BSME LSU, 1958, Masters of automotive engineering from the Chrysler Institute of engineering, 1960, MBA Mich State, 1976. Worked as an engineer at Chrysler from 1958 to the end of 1991.

Awards and Honors
Two patents while working in auto industry. Go to this site for my Model A videos. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhL36Rc6o5MI4aqHM-yfhqcze8Qq6aS9s

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