Model A & B

Ford Garage

Bill Stipe's Reproduction Shock Absorbers

Highlighted on this page are the new reproduction Houdaille shock absorbers Bill Stipe makes for the Model A & B Ford.

These shock absorbers are entirely brand new, made in the USA by Bill, and are of the highest quality materials and manufacture. It doesn't get any better than that!

It should also be noted that genuine Stipe shock absorbers are only available directly from Stipe Machine. The shocks available in parts catalogs are the knockoffs, and not the improved Stipe shocks.

These shocks were re-engineered by Bill to address some of the design and structural deficiencies of the original Houdaille design, which have become apparent after 75 years of use.

Though other parts suppliers have also now cloned the original style Houdaille shocks elsewhere, Bill's US Made shock absorbers are the only ones on the market which also retain the original oil capacity and the original valve action and adjustability.

Stipe shocks are engineered to use ISO 150 synthetic hydraulic oil. Original Houdaille shocks used a glycerin based organic oil.

Oil capacity and valve action are important because insufficient oil capacity is one of the most common root causes for shock absorber failure. Valve action with insufficient oil leads to elevated temperatures and foaming of the oil. The competitor's reproduction shocks are already at a disadvantage compared to originals or to Bill's.

Insufficient oil causes the oil temperature to rise, which then causes seals to blow and leak, further reducing oil capacity, further increasing the oil temperature and loss of remaining oil, and ultimately leading to complete functional failure!
Accept no substitute for Stipe shocks!
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Bill's shocks are entirely adjustable as per the originals, but are more precisely made, and to tighter tolerances than the originals. These shocks are all produced from alloy steel billet on high speed state-of-the art CNC machining centers. Stipe shocks were first introduced in late 2008.

Though these shocks are of the highest design and manufacturing quality, they are not sufficiently identical in appearance to originals to pass close scrutiny in national Fine Point judging competition.

Details of the machining and engraving are the most noticeable differences which give them away as non-original. However they are the best choice for any car other than an actual national top show competitor. Perhaps not the lowest cost solution, but definitely the best quality and performance.

Contact Stipe Machine and get yours today!

Stipe Machine Co. Inc
N5718 County Road M
Plymouth, Wisconsin 53073
920-467-2895


More Bill Stipe web pages on Ford Garage:

  1. Model A & B Bill Stipe Camshaft Specifications
  2. Model A & B Camshaft Timing Gear Varieties
  3. Model A & B Bill Stipe Machine Shop
  4. Bill Stipe's Specialty Motor Cams Web Site
  5. Bill Stipe's Stipe Machine Web Site

April 2012