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Old 05-26-2008, 07:36 PM
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El Guapo, more pics

This is from inside the car looking back to the trunk. It looks complicated but it is pretty straightforward. I'll close it in and them cover the bulkhead with Dynamat to keep the noise and heat from the compressors out of the cabin.

There are a lot of different size and shape tanks available to suit various installations

Don't know if I'll use the skirts, they do make it look lower though.
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Old 05-26-2008, 07:40 PM
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El Guapo, here's the switch panel details

Each gauge has two needles, so I used one guage for the front bags, one for the rear bags. When the two needles are lined up in the gauge the pressure's the same side to side.

The extra toggle switch turns the compressors off. This is important because if the car is parked for any length of time and the bags lose a little air (they shouldn't do), the compressors will turn on and off automatically until the battery's flat.
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Old 05-26-2008, 07:53 PM
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El Guapo, here's the rear air over leaf under construction.

The lower shock absorber mount has been modified and is longer to maintain shock travel.

The two sping clamps (I think that's what they're called) have been welded together to effectively create lowering blocks.

The removal of the rear leafs as per the kit's instructions (Air Ride says a minimum of two, but we're trying one) means that the spring can wrap up into an 'S' shape under hard acceleration. To eliminate this, and to better locate the rear end, the chassis shop made a single control arrm. Here it's just mocked up, the front and rear eyes of the arm, which have rubber bushes, now have solid gusseted mounting brackets.

At the moment all the wiring's out of the engine bay as I've just painted under there. As soon as it's all back in I'll be able to raise the bags and get some better photos for you. Should hopefully be this weekend.

I've also attached pics of the engine bay, it feels like a major milestone to finally get some colour on the thing after a year.

Cheers

Alistair
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Old 05-26-2008, 08:12 PM
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El Guapo, last pic

I purchased an Air Ride front Shockwave kit for the '62. It was supposed to suit 61 to 64, but Air Ride engineered it using a '63 and the front suspension changed quite significantly at the end of '62 - the upper and lower shock mounts aredifferent, as is the upper coil spring pad.
Apparently this is the first time Air Ride struck this and Darren was quite embarrased. He was also extremely helpful, and even sent some brackets down here at no charge. I couldn't have asked for better service.
The problem was that the Shockwaves were too long for the '62, and even fully deflated the car sat higher than stock.

In the end the chassis guys mounted the shockwaves down through the upper a-arms instead of on top, using custom made L-shaped brackets that you can see in the photo. They use the same bolt holes as the factory lower shock saddle.

We had to notch the a-arm to clear the knob for the Shockwave's rebound adjustment. These have since had their reinforcing lip welded on, and is away getting crack tested at the moment - can't be too careful.

You'll see that there are two extra holes in the bracket - this is so we can adjust the ride height up or down if we wish.

The air lines will run under the car, I'm going to use high pressure 1/2" steel lines to avoid stone damage - normally they're 1/2" nylon.

Cheers

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Old 05-26-2008, 10:01 PM
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This is excactly what I'm looking for..Looking @ buying a whole package from a guy and a friend that has done his Catalina is going to help.
I'm shure I'll have a lot more questions as this progresses.
Thanks a ton once again.
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