“Cocktail Shakers” or Vibration Dampeners

On the corners of convertibles there are what’s called “cocktail shakers” or vibration dampeners which were originally installed on every first gen Firebird to help prevent vibrations. They were installed due to a very flexible body in the convertible models because of the lack of the roof structure. Some reinforcement was added to the convertible rockers and floors but it wasn’t enough to prevent all vibration problems. The cocktail shakers are large cans with a suspended mass on a spring in a viscous fluid that are mounted on the corners – 4 in all. They were tuned to a resonant frequency of the convertible that caused the vibration problems. When the body was subjected to loading that would otherwise tend to make it oscillate, much of the energy was instead absorbed by the motion of the masses in the cocktail shakers – which reduced the vibration in the convertible body. The cocktail shakers weight about 25 pounds each.

1967 Cocktail Shakers

1968 Cocktail Shakers

1969 Cocktail Shakers

1968 Front Installation

1968 Rear Installation

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