I am working on a car that has been sitting I believe based on inspection/registration since the early 80's. The car has air shocks and very long shackles, 10 inches. Was this simply a hack to get around de-arched springs or did this serve some sort of traction function of some sort. Thanks in advance for any help EDIT (2/28/2009): I had these images hosted on my server. I am starting to worry about using too much bandwidth this month. I switched over to a hamb album to host the images. I went out to the car and snapped some better pics with the good camera. This has kind of taken a life of it's own. I more than got the answer to my question, thanks to everyone. n-shit.