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Projects Airbags on my 1957 F100 (Build Thread) Finally!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by custom100, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. hvychvy
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  2. custom100
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    Well I got the system done last week and drove it to GNRS! Don't know if any of you saw it there, but it made it down there without one problem!

    In the rush to get it done I didn't take any pictures, but I am going to put it up on a lift and get some pictures of everything finished.

    It rode better then I could have ever imagined! I put pretty stiff shocks on it so it wouldn't be super squishy and it rides perfect. The AccuAir system makes the truck as easy to drive as any static suspension. It adjusted any time I got in or out and after I had it aligned it drove straight down the highway without a thought.

    Thanks for all the support and props. I'm going to build a round notch cover still, so I will post pics of my progress. Here are a couple pics of the truck at GNRS.
     

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  3. novatattoo
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    .......... and it looks FABULOUS!

    Later,Bill
     
  4. Cyclone GT
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  5. 66Coupe
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    Saw it out there, looked killer man!
     
  6. cjmac
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    Turned out sweet !!
     
  7. VONRUBEN65
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    from LOMITA

    Awesome work looks great!!!! U have a before pic of the truck when u got it??
     

  8. Looking forward to see this...
     
  9. Dreddybear
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    ANY thread that you've taken the time to give visual examples of work and how to do it is fantastic, regardless of style. Kudos man. It looks great.
     
  10. encswsm
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  11. 510madmav
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    Gorgeous truck
     
  12. choptvan
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    Feels good doesn't it? Good job man.
     
  13. Reggie
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    One of my favorite trucks at GNRS. Nice and clean!
     
  14. Unibodyguy
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    Definitly subscribing to this since I have the same truck and would like to get it lowered too. I got a 57 F350 a while back that I want to extend the frame on and make a car hauler/ramp truck out of.

    Michael
     
  15. Lookin great.
     
  16. Racrdad
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    Super nice truck, you do good work. Color is excellent also!
     
  17. Mr. Clean
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    Very very nice. I've put a similar set-up on my 48 F-1 project ( Mustang II with a triangulated 4 bar on air bags) and was hoping for the ride results that you described. Easy to drive, a nice stance, and a good ride. Doesn't get any better than that. Thanks for posting.
     
  18. 100% Matt
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    Simply beautiful..... If my 58 looks half as good as your truck I'll be extremely happy
     
  19. robleticia
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    I sure would like for you to tell me what that paint color is....PLEASE!
     
  20. custom100
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    Sorry it's taken so long to get more pictures up. The truck made it to GNRS without a hitch. I've been back at home and driving it a bunch. It rides incredibly! I got it up on the lift to check everything out, and everything looks good. The airbags aren't rubbing, and all the height sensors are exactly as I left them. On the way home on Sunday it ended up raining pretty hard. With the way I mounted the ECU and the valves I gave them a good weather test!:D Even though it's all electronic, I didn't have one issue! I cleaned everything up while it was on the lift and took some pictures of how I mounted everything. I got a pair of AccuAir's new compressor mounts too. They have an isolator at each corner and take away almost all the noise and vibration that the compressors usually cause!

    Now I'm gonna work on building a cover for the notch in the bed. I wanna make it match the shape of the inner fenders. Wish me luck!
     

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  21. MalibuKasey
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    WOW... thats all I can say. VERY, VERY well done Sir!
     
  22. Looks sweet man. Where did you get those clamps that you use for the height sensors? seems like the perfect way to mount them.

    Thanks
     
  23. paco
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    Very nicely done. Very clean & thought out. I dig the semi-circle notch. Great stance too.

    Thanks for the ideas ... I learned a few things on your build.

    Ratty 46
     
  24. moffetkustoms
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    Great job on the project. I agree, air is the only way to go!!! I too have it on my 53 chevy with just enough clearance that if it blows a line, I can still get it out of the street. I have a M-II setup also with about 1 1/2 inches of clearance under the crossmember when aired out and I put bump stops in a mini notch to keep the frame from setting on the rear end. My avatar is of the truck. Great job on the fabrication and finish of your truck. Keep up the great work.
     
  25. custom100
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    You can get them here. http://www.mcmaster.com/#shaft-collars/=b596sy I had to machine a flat spot and drill and tap them.
     
  26. skraps528
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    Great looking truck man....
     
  27. hunter1111
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    I love the color....if you dont mind sharing it???? ;)
     
  28. rockher_man
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    RENO...hey man...how the hell are ya ?!...:D...this is just the type of
    thread I've been tryin' to put together for our '56 but waaaaay behind
    schedule! Between Dr.s and f'n' hospitals & shit can't get nothin' done!

    Man...I can only hope it gets any where close to this truck!

    custom100...THIS is one bad-aZZ ride!!! Keep on truckin' man...

    Outstanding fab work! I'll bet this thing rides like a dream...:D......

    Weather here sucks in Michigan...I'm gonna have to move just to get
    anything done...:eek:...damn rain...should build a boat...

    CONGRATS!!!

    -
     

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