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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by kustombuilder, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. Danger
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1421633829.746836.jpg
    My OG Merc at speed week


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  2. Altitude adjustment 10917854_10204908707009947_2831720776989546430_n.jpg ment...
     
  3. SJ13
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    what era did tail-draggers begin ? what defines a tail-dragger is this accomplished by merely lowering the rear with springs or could a car with hydraulics or bags on it raised in front and lowered in back be considered a tail-dragger
     
  4. Pre 50's. And IMHO, bags don't count.
     
  5. SJ13
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    I saw a 49 shoebox more door a couple weeks ago cruising thru town in a tail dragger stance , then a couple days later I saw it cruising with a level stance I'm thinkin bags ... but as the old sayin goes "rules were made to be broken"
     
  6. The car obviously wasn't built with a motorboat stance, it's just bagged, so in my book , it's not a tail dragger because it wasn't built that way...it's adjustable.

    That's also often a lame excuse for not doing things properly...and I don't just mean about trail draggers.
     
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  7. SJ13
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    when judging ones opinion of what is right or wrong is neither here nor there .... one may consider the method chosen in certain situations to the said person ... unless there is a text book way of doing things then opinions are just that ...
     
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  8. Nope....NO airbags allowed ;)
     
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  9. That should be the motto of this whole site imho.
     
  10. Movinman
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    I love the 37 headlights on the 36. Great custom touch!
     
  11. Movinman
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    Just drove out to New Mexico and picked up this 1935 Packard. It already has the stance, it just needs a little bit of everything to become a driver.
     

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  12. 4woody
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    Great profile on that Packard!
     
  13. CadMad
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    I'm gonna stir the pot re airbags. hehe. GM Started playing with airbags in the 40s. I had a 59 Biarritz on factory air. It self leveled but when going over a steep driveway you could pull out the lift lever and raise up to full travel. best invention ever for the prevention of tearing up your freshly chromed bumpers.
    I'm seriously considering them on my 39 . Oh the humanity.
     
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  14. Yes, the GM airbag story comes up every time bags and traditional building is discussed. They just didn't happen to be used on customs in 1949.;)

    A tail dragging stance is just that, the car's suspension is setup so the car sits like a moving motorboat, i.e. tail down.

    Anything adjustable isn't a stance, it is adjustable suspension or ride height...and that is a completely different thing.
     
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  15. Sure people were playing with bags and hydraulics way back when. But they weren't doing it to lay the frame in the dirt and make the car look like the suspension fell out, which is what 99.9% of modern air bagged cars do. Anyway we're not here to argue about air bags we're here to look at pictures of some cool tail dragging customs.
     
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  16. SJ13
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    totally agreed fuzzybear , I wasn't per say arguing the fact just stating that rollin down the road you cant tell the difference ? I myself just happened to buy a car with bags but if the car wouldn't have had them I would have still bought it , would have preferred it to be springs and shocks , I like the tail-dragger stance and give kudos to those who actually take the time and effort to do so
     
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  17. J. A. Miller
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    Fat chicks and weak springs.
     
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  18. Fedcospeed
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    Exactly what Iam looking to do with my 47. SWEET!!
     
  19. Outback
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    Plenty of inspiration here! Thanks all!
     
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  20. Outback
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    One of my favorite cars, ok I know maybe a little low in the front to be a tail dragger, but I love the way this looks!
     
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  21. Drag'n 59
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  22. EVL401
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    My mate's 54 Plymouth Belvedere mild custom/dragger we bagged just before Xmas 2014. Factory RHD here in Australia!!
     
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  23. Bullet Nose
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    Anyone care to add some new photos to this thread?
     
  24. ne'erdowell
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    Some of these are REALLY low in the rear. Would they have a small wheel arrangement underneath to keep from scraping?
     
  25. TonyVan
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  26. Bullet Nose
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    I do remember some cars having casters mounted under the rear bumper for that reason.
     
  27. The Brown Sound
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    How many guys leave their front suspension stock height to accentuate the rake? Is that common?
     
  28. bgbdlinc
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    ....I did....
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  29. Outback
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    Leave the front end stock height?

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  30. I'm planning on making my 41 more into a taildragger. Future plans are teardrop skirts, chop, custom hubcaps, Appleton spotlights, and drop the rear just a little more maybe. Oh,..and no airbags :).
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