How to replace rear shocks. 1970

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  1. Bumble1970

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    Hi, looked a few articles but wanted to check on the location of the top bolts for the rear shocks. I thought they would be in the trunk but they’re not so I’m assuming they’re under the back seat. ? Do I have to remove the bottom of the seat and the back of the seat?
     
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    Everything is accessed from under the car. The top of the shock is a horizontal bolt / stud that goes through a bracket that is bolted to the body. The bottom is a stud on the shock that goes through a plate / bracket that is attached to the leaf spring by the u-bolts for the leaf spring. 1970 did not use staggered shocks so the plates and brackets are different from other years.

    If you need pictures let me know.
     
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    Ok thanks, so I have to remove the rear seats to get get to the top nut, correct?
     
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    No - everything should be under the car. Unless there is something about that 7 1/4 rear of yours I'm not aware of.
    Many Fords of that era did have access plugs found inside the trunk to get at shocks - but I have never pulled a rear seat to get at shocks - ever. I'll go take a picture of my 70 right now for you.
     
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    If your car doesn't have a top shock mount like this ........... look for a rubber access plug in the trunk.

    My June built Grabber does have an 8".




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    Ahhh. Ok. Thanks Eric!
     
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    Just replaced both rear shocks. It was simple (once you gave me the information). :). It’s crazy how all the nuts just screw off, they’re not rusted to the bolts. Thanks again!
     
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    Cool ........... glad you were able to get it done
    Always nice when fasteners are not a solid piece of rusted junk.
     
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    Would you mind sending pictures? I have a 1970 however the driver side rear shock is on the rear side of the axle and the there are two brackets with a spacer. Can I just rotate the the plate under the leaf springs to get rid of the staggered shocks.
     

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    (n)That just takes all the fun out of it!
     
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    One can't rotate the plate under the leaf spring. Won't work that way. Plus it pushes the shock out toward the tire.
     
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    Sorry, just saw your post. I can get a picture later - right now the car is still in storage. 38 degrees with light snow /rain mix today. Still early in our "car season"
     

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