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55 Buick Super Rear Suspension Rebuild

srt_cook

New Member
I do not have shocks on the back of my 55 Buick Super it seems to be a hydraulic actuated system, where do I find a replacement/rebuild kit for this? Hope someone can help me out. The shocks in the front are toast, as is the rear suspension. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Shocks

The front shocks for a 1955 Buick are the same as for a 1963 thru 1965 Buick Riviera.
As for the rear shocks, make sure that they have fluid in them. There are places that rebuild them.
 

keith455

Member
Does anyone make a "conversion kit" to replace the lever shocks with a tube shock? I have the same issue on my 53 Super.
 

keith455

Member
How often do you have to add oil? I know back in the day people had all kinds of time to mess with their cars. I just want to drive it and change the oil. :)
 

jackyo

New Member
rebuilt rear shock for 1955 super/roadmaster

I do not have shocks on the back of my 55 Buick Super it seems to be a hydraulic actuated system, where do I find a replacement/rebuild kit for this? Hope someone can help me out. The shocks in the front are toast, as is the rear suspension. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I have 1 (one) rear shock that is profetionaly rebuilt. be carfull the arms are different for a super and roadmaster than those on century and special. so are the links.

I need to get 125.00 for the rebuilt raodmaster/super shock + shipping from Auburn MA.

If you want a picture send email to jackyo@msn.com
 
Motorcycle shock oil is popular, but any non detergent oil like hydraulic oil or power steering oil will do.

I am no expert, but many years ago, I did have a bunch of '51 and '52 shocks apart. I found that as long as they were kept wet inside they were probably able to be rebuilt. With the front shock you had to cut the wish bone and pull them off of the "axle". The seals were common seals. There were differences in the port size in the piston between cars, not terribly important. I remember the biggest problem with the front shock was on the under side there is a plug, similar to a freeze plug, but not! I had to build a couple of plates (sized on a lathe) and sealed with rtv gasket silicone. I used a chain wrench to remove the piston caps.
 

322bnh

Active Member
Fill the shocks. You may have to do it a few times since it takes a long time for the fluid to get into the cylinders. If they work well after that then just keep them topped off or send for rebuild. Or just seal them yourself: http://buickrestorer.com/lowtechrear.html I did this on a set 15 years ago and no leaks and still function as designed. Hydraulic jack oil is what is specified...heavier oil only if severely worn and will break the links otherwise.
 
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