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Old 08-05-2005, 04:55 PM
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60 Thunderbird Suspension Upgrade.

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I have been reading this forum for a long time and learned a lot of good information. I have a 60 Thunderbird and I want to upgrade the suspension with an air ride system but cant seem to find anything for this car. Does anyone know of a place out there that makes an air bag suspension or something similar? I already did the front disc brake conversion and I just ordered a power steering upgrade from Gearheads Cruiser Products. Thanks for the help.

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Interesting idea. Air-Ride on a SQUAREBIRD....

I see conversions for the front of a 61/66 BIRD. Your rear suspension is leaf (The 58 BIRD was coil) and to fashion an air ride with leaf would be a pain.

Peruse this website- -AIR-RIDE TECHNOLOGIES- and -here- see if there is anything there for you.

I noticed they also offer an airbag similiar in design to a coil over shock. Beautiful! And there are applications for the MUST II conversion.
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Thanks but I tried Air Ride Technologies and they have nothing to fit my car. I'm hoping someone will chime in who knows of a kit that can be made to fit with some modifications.
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Air ride kits

Sorry I do not know of any inexpensive kits that will fit your car..

Now saying that if you are determined to have the air ride in that T-bird I would look into a 4bar kit with air ride from jim meyer racing or art morrison for the rear and do the front crossmember with the tubular A-arms and rack and pinion on the front..

I know that combo can be made to work just fine but it will require some good fabrication skills and some cash to get done..

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Thanks but I tried Air Ride Technologies and they have nothing to fit my car. I'm hoping someone will chime in who knows of a kit that can be made to fit with some modifications.
There is a trick new thing out there for leaf Mustangs...... I saw it in the mags for the older Mustangs.
IDEA...... Basicly it is a single leaf semi-rigid quarter eliptic that bolts in place of the forward half of the leaf, and then the rear end is supported by coil-overs. The locating link/leaf acts like a an anti-roll bar and a "ladder-lift bar" eliminating spring wrap up. That's a simple way to put in bags. Sorry, can't find the co's name right now, but it is marketed by one of the BIG Mustang outfits. If I find it I will add another note to thread and email you.

If you don't demand a lot of lowering adjustment, I have seen cutting off the rear of the leaf springs behind the axle only, leaving only the main leaf, and then mounting bags/air shocks to adjust the height. Essentially the same thing as above but using the rear of the main leaf as a locator too.
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I already did the front disc brake conversion .

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What did you use?
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Thanks for the replies. I used the Granada spindles. Here is a link to my write up.
http://www.squarebirds.org/disc_brake.htm
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It may interest you to know the 1958 BIRD front (outboard shock absorber mounting) and rear suspension (coil spring) was designed to accept FORD's new FORD-AIRE System. It was also scheduled on FORD-EDSEL-MERC and LINC.



Am Looking For Factory/Aftermarket Speed Parts For The MEL (Merc-Edsel-Linc-TBird) Engine Family (383-410-430-462) Produced From 1958 To 1968

Also Early FORD Special Service Tools
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