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Shock abosrber demonstrator...kind of a petrolania item! #32979
Sun Jul 25 2004 07:46 PM
Sun Jul 25 2004 07:46 PM
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This pertains to an obscure childhood memory that keeps coming back to haunt me every now and then. And it's been kinda bothering me again the last couple days....

I remember going with my Dad somewhere when I was a little kid to take the car in for repairs. Can't even remember where the shop was at or what the name of it was, but what I DO remember was this thing on the counter that I believe was supposed to demonstrate the advantages of good shock abosrbers. It had two toy cars on it that sat upon a rubber strech of "road", and there was a crank on the side. When the crank was turned, the cars appeared to be travelling on the road which also happened to be littered with bumps and potholes. I believe the cars were something along the lines of mid-60's Buick Rivieras or Olds Toronados (Kinda like dealer promotional models, only with full-floating suspensions that acually WORKED!).

Anyone here have any idea what I'm talking about? It's probably been thirty years since I've seen one of these things. Closest thing I can compare it to today would be those Lucas Oil demonstrators with the gears that seem to adorn the counter of every auto parts store in the nation. I wouldn't mind acquiring one of these contraptions either...that is as long as I wouldn't have to pay out the wazoo for one!

BTW: I tried doing a search on eBay a couple times under "shock demonstrator" or "shock absorber demonstrator" and came up with nothing.

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Re: Shock abosrber demonstrator...kind of a petrolania item! #32980
Sun Jul 25 2004 09:25 PM
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My Dad had a Monroe shock display in the 60's I remember it, but it had a couple of shocks, one worn & one new that you pushed a lever to tell the difference.
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Re: Shock abosrber demonstrator...kind of a petrolania item! #32981
Mon Jul 26 2004 12:01 AM
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Well, here's one of those Monroe displays:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayIS...sspagename=WDVW

What I described above might not have been from a shock absober compay either. It might possibly have came from a supplier of suspension components?

I'm starting to think I'm the only person on the planet that remembers this thing.


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