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Old 01-29-2005, 09:34 AM
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Air ride for Chevelle

Alright guys last night my mother made an interesting comment. I have talking about how I would like to upgrade the rear in the Chevelle. She already knows im getting a new 12 bolt or 9" but I still didn't fully like the handling. Now I said I would love to be able to air bag the rear so that it would nice very nice and I could control it. Then she said something that I had never considered.

Our old 92 ford crown vic. has air ride. we just replaced the air bags maybe a year ago but now have to get rid of the car because the rest of it is falling apart. (over 200,000) So she suggested that I use the system from that in the chevelle.


Now for my question.

IS IT POSSIBLE? I think with some riging I could make it work but wanted to see if anyone had tried stuff like this before??? Thanks everyone!

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That is how we do things is to look at what we have and can we make it work..Might be a good thought but I would expect to have to do some or quite a bit of fabrication of mounts and such..

See someone was the guy to figure out the adapter plate to bolt a SBC to an early ford trans..and all the rest of the things we do are the result of someone taking the time to figure out how to do it..

Sounds good on the surface to do this.. just how much work to get it done..well that is another question..

This to me would be worth measuring up and doing some design noodle to see if it is workable..

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Yea. I got the old car out of the snow today and parked it in the shop. Letting it melt the snow off now. I of course figured that I would nned to make up most of the mounts and such but I think I would be able to get this to work. We are getting rid of the car and I want to get off the newer stuff on it. If I could get a whole air ride system from this car and get it on mine I think it would be well worth the work.

I looked through some of the sites that do the air ride systems.

Does anyone have up close pictures of how the bags were set up on the axel and such?


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i woudl think it good to take lots of pics of the way it is done on the ford then you can use those to guide you in the installation of said air bags on the chevelle..Save as much of the fords system as you can for now..

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Well I looked at the bags on the crown vic. and they look like it would fit in the Chevelle nicely. With some mods. to the coil spring mount and fender wells. They are pretty big but having an older car takes car of that nicely. Only pain will be getting them out of the car cause everything is sandwiched in on the ford. I also need to find out where everything else is in the car. They have everything hidden lol. Looks like this could be a very fun project . Can't beat air ride!

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Well let me be the 1st to say it will work. I got the bags and all pipes and wires off the ford today. Got my car inside and measured things up. What I found is almost to much to believe.

To start the cup at the bottom of the bag which hold it in place on the axle is the SAME size I mean it locks in and fits perfect.

The bag is the same height as the old coil springs. Coil springs where 14 1/2 inches the bags with air will be around 14/ 15 inches high.

Only trouble spot is the top. Im still working out a solution to it but I may have to cut out a part in order for the valve to fit in correctly.

The valve stick up higher then the base of the bag so I have to make room to have the bag sit flat against the metal and have the valve stick out.

Other then that this looks to be a direct fit bag wise. The hard part will be wiring the entire thing up.

I will post pictures in my journal and in folder for anyone who wants to take a look.

Pictures are now in journal.

Chris

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Update on project. So far things are going well I have now got the basic set up of the wires and have got everything planned. I found that in order for the bags to fit well I need about a 1 1/2 inch steel plate to bolt to the fender well what the bag will then sit on. Luckly I know a metal shop and have access to scraps. Once that is done I can install both bags and then go into wiring and line hook up.

Anyone know a good palce to find a basic instruction on air system hook up?
I looked at some sites but no one gives a set by step and i would just like ot make sure im not missing anything important.

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Well guys project is just about done. Check out my project journal for the updates. It looks to be a very nice working set up. I'll be sure to let everyone know how the ride is but sadly I think it's going to snow tonight.

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Knew ya could do it..

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Well everyone I got it to work. Finally got everything painted and the hoses all clamped down. All wires grounded and things in place. It fit together like it was made for it. I got pictures of it and then the ride height changes I can do. right now im working out what pressure to run at. It is really amazing though I love the ride it gives. The rear doesn't jump around when you hit bigger bumps and small ones you hardly notice. The corners are also taken much better.

Pictures are added as soon as they load.


So for everyone info 92 ford crown vic. air ride

CAN

fit into a 71 Chevelle

lol with a little love.


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