Out of Gas …

Don Smith tuxThis one will get you going.  Out of gas, bad shocks, get you fixed up and running, for almost nothing.  Perley Benson, someone you should know.

rear door bus

If you are having to consider replacement shocks, you might consider this alternative …

Most of my baggage doors and my hood, are held up with gas shocks.  Where do you go to get a new gas shock for a thirty-three year old bus, your choices are limited. Also, it is kind of a shot in the dark, because there are simply no reference numbers on the part itself.  It can get frustrating, especially when you are checking oil and the door wants to come down on your head.

One very interesting person I met this year at a Bus Meet was Perley Benson.  We talked at length on a variety of subjects.  I was talking to him about gas shocks on my hood door, how they were old, tired, and not holding up the door as they should.  Not really sure of just how old they are, I just know they are pretty well shot.  They could be some 33 years old for all that I know of, and they were in dire need of replacing.

The current fix was a Bungee Cord and a hook (Okie Engineering), not very appealing from an appearance standpoint, and a lousy second-best from a mechanical aspect.  I pointed this out, and said, “pretty sorry deal, huh?”  Perley said, “Oh man, that is an easy fix.  Get a little pipe, cut it to fit, and slip it in, that will hold ‘em up all day long.

I have to admit … I had never thought of that.

Don Tux.

Over the weekend,  I cut two pieces of scrap PCV pipe (1/2”) painted them silver and put them on (if you click on the photo it should expand for better viewing).  I would like to say at this time, “they are the cats meow Perley, they look like they came with the bus as original equipment.”  

As an added note:  All this transpired, just because I attended a Bus Meet, if you are considering traveling to one, I would say go for it.  Always easy for an old dog to learn a new trick and pick up a friend on the way.  Sure works for me.


So here it is in a nutshell.  You get two lengths of pipe, cut them to length and then carve out a channel down the backside of each piece, about quarter inch or a little wider.  They should slip right on, a nice fit on the bottom shank of the gas shock or I think it is called the piston. Cut one for each side, never know when the wind is going to kick up, safe is better than sorry. When you are not using them, you can just let them rattle and roll on the backside of the door. In this case I used white wire, but you could use any color you want, it makes no diff.



The owner of a second hand bus, knows how hard it is to drive a bargain.  Mr. Benson, helped me out with a permanent fix for a problem on a 33 year old Hoopie, cost was nothing, issue was resolved, and he most likely saved me $40 and some change on replacement models.  Next time I see him I am going to treat him to a cold brew, and a well-deserved handshake.

Thanks Perley for the help I appreciate it. 

Jus Sayin.



2 thoughts on “Out of Gas …

  1. After reading this DS, all I can say is: “American ingenuity at its BEST” One has just gotta keep on keepin’ on with life regarding problems to be solved !

    Most of it goes to Perley Benson, he gets the credit for the idea. It is doing the job and that is ok.


  2. Ha ha, love Okie engineering!

    You bet! Price was right and it does the job, go for it.


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