What a challenge! Wrapping the shock piston with wire to hold it compressed so it would fit into mounting hole, the trimming the wire and pulling it out of the upper mounting hole was worth the effort. The ride control and firm feel was restored up front, and that big boy handles like it was new! There is no substitute for KYB Shocks!
My luck! It seems whenever I purchase a classic, the previous owner has changed the original color to something more to his liking. In this case, it went from Deep Burnt Orange Metallic to Scorch Red. I like the color, but the cross braces under the hood along with the torsion rods in the trunk both retain their original color as a reminder.