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Customs Ever had to raise up your sled? (It sucks)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by straykatkustoms, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 13,571


    I'd be ok with the front going up in the air, because I'll be closer to the nostalgia
    style. Hopefully that make sense. The back has to stay a lot lower then the
    front. I gotta keep that taildragger look.

    Happy Trails,

  2. joel torres
    Joined: Mar 22, 2009
    Posts: 823

    joel torres

    with airshocks is it possible to just add a small tank and two air valves to let air in and out of the shocks small gauge to keep an eye on pressure like an airbag system
    but very simple
  3. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,734


    It looks like I am going to raise my 55 sunliner back up as I am tired of the front tires rubbing and need to get rid of the bump steer too,its also a pain to get it up in the air to service so its coming back up but not stock height.
  4. skwurl
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
    Posts: 1,620


    That car is super bad either way. I wouldn't seat it.
  5. lorodz
    Joined: Jul 26, 2009
    Posts: 3,728


    still looks very good...
  6. Mercchev
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 605


    Did a rear airshock setup just like this on the Merc: compressor, two air valves, small gauge under the dash and a separate air valve under the bumper in case I had a leak. Adjustable to a point...High enough to get over potholes in Detroit and high curbs everywhere else, low enough to look cool cruising and parked. Still use two jacks to get under the car to change a flat, though. Learned that the hard way at Paso with my buddy's car that developed a leak in the soft airline, and it was laying on the ground. Good thing we had three guys to lift the car up to get a jack underneath it.
  7. Old F.A.R.T.
    Joined: Apr 13, 2007
    Posts: 292

    Old F.A.R.T.

    Hey Paul...if you get the job in Salina look me up...I'm a mechanic for the city fire department...Later...Glenn
  8. historynw
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 806


    Is it possible to high center a sled? Where I live some public places had dips into them from the state highway. I think mostly because the road repaving and improvements were done long after the entranceway. I've seen some stuck RV & Bus's.
  9. grease and ink garage
    Joined: Nov 24, 2009
    Posts: 32

    grease and ink garage

    jack it up under the chass then an other jack between dif and chass to bring the axel down !!
    then i can chance the wheel ! ( only with a flat tire ! )
    put my spare on , also with a flat tire and pump it with a small comp !!
    Joined: Jun 2, 2002
    Posts: 9,635

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    We do just fine in the 59 around here. We dragged everything they had in Denton, dragged the gas tank twice. That doesn't happen up here. The roads may be crap but we know how to build an entrance or exit....

    I'm putting casters on the back and a skid plate on the tank this winter.....

    We narrowing that rear this winter Mickey?
  11. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 13,571


    I got under the rearend of my Merc and removed everything that it was rubbing on
    and I think tht I have plenty of room so we will not have to worry about narrowing
    the rear end. Really appreciate my Tulsa friends willing to help me out. The problem
    may be solved ......

    Happy Trails,

  12. A.P. Photography
    Joined: May 9, 2009
    Posts: 285

    A.P. Photography

    That is a badass Merc. Love everything about it.
  13. Lowmerc50
    Joined: Apr 25, 2008
    Posts: 588


    StrayKat, Your car sets great!!!! Can you run bias tires on front and radials on back? I run air bags cant see any of the tire on the back.
  14. Looks just like mine! Mine started rubbing when I lowered the back more. I don't have bags either.I got me some wheels with 1" more back spacing. Haven't put them on yet...

  15. Flamingo_57
    Joined: Apr 1, 2010
    Posts: 146

    from Rolla mo.

    I raised my car back up to stock height (the horror) because the road that i live on is rougher than what a lot of people would take a 4x4 on. My daily (94 mark viii) cant even make it up the hill because the road is so shitty, but i have to take my '57 up it all the time. (it's actually pretty amazing how much better bias ply wide whites can handle rough terrain than moder radials can.)
  16. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,984

    from California

    this whole laying frame thing needs to be left for the minitruckers. I've never heard anyone say the Sam Barris Merc needs to drag more parts on the ground.

    I plan on lowering my car til it hurts, then raise it an inch or two.
  17. UnsettledParadox
    Joined: Apr 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,107


    im conflicted. one part of me loves a car that can lay frame but the other part wants to see cars sit as they are driven. that way you can visually separate the ones who are faint hearted.

    guess those days are gone!
  18. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,781



    I just have to repeat this in Bold letters...!!!

    PASSE!!! for laying frame... spread the word please!

    "This whole laying frame thing needs to be left for the minitruckers."
  19. Kripfink
    Joined: Sep 30, 2008
    Posts: 2,040

    Member Emeritus

    I'll Amen that.Some cars just look broken to me.But then again I'm just a fuckin' weirdo who never 'gets it',whatever 'it' is.I dig Kustoms big time,but I definately can't get my head around this 'in the weeds' look:confused:
    Joined: Aug 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,222

    from Colorado

    That is one awesome Merc! The paint is perfect. Hope to see it in Salina.
  21. 63Compact
    Joined: Feb 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,178


    Bags are for groceries!!!!!
  22. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    IMO, good taste means all mods done with restraint and balance in mind. This obviously also includes the very important stance and ride/park height. Of course it must be remembered that a car's gotta be drivable!
  23. teddyp
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,197


    drove my ford slamed on the ground for the last 20 years no bags no air shocks but last year i had to put air shocks in it needed to take more then 2 people in it 2 times last year and i botten out all the way to pa. and back they same happen at lead east the caps on my lale pipe are now flat:D

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  24. Laying frame is for customs not Kustoms.If you consider yourself a kustom guy and you think these cars should "LayFrame"....... then you flat just dont GET IT!!!! Put a for sale sign on it and move on.
  25. PhilJohnson
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 906


    Sounds like the roads by my place. I don't like lowered cars, might be because I grew up around jacked up 4x4s but I always look for a way to raise them up instead of lowering them down.
  26. roadsterpilot
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 545



    It was great getting to see you again at Pete&Jakes, to bad the weather didnt cooperate. I think the Merc looks great, forget about the airbags, guys with airbags are only kool 50% of the time(when their parked) your Merc is KOOL all the time.

    Later Jerrod
  27. Thats good !!!! Cool half the time !!!! :D So true.
  28. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,871


    Drove it like this everyday....Scrapes a little, but nothing to freak out over...


  29. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 13,571


    Thanks Dude, I kan't wait for Salina.... Looking forward to meeting ya, I'll be over at the
    HAMB Merc Gathering section.

    Hey Jeff your sled sits purrfectly, I love the slight taildragger rake. I don't know what
    happen under my car but something had shiffted to cause it all of the sudden to rub.
    I removed some of the fender well and made a new patch panel, it seemed to fix it.

    I like driving it as low as possible and still be able to drive it. If its not scraping every
    now and then, then it isn't low enough....

    Renee was asking if I was going with anyone up to Pete and Jakes. I said no, I'll run into somebody up there. I hated that it rained but still a lot of kool people show up... Thanks
    for letting me hang out with ya guys. I love Jakes Coupe.

    That is why I added 53 Caddy Bumpers they make a kool scrape sound...LOL!! Your Merc is bad ass kool, I love the sinister look.

    Happy Trails,

    Last edited: May 17, 2010

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