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Hydraulic jumpin suspension

Hi all

I am lookin to do a project to promote my bodyshop. I have always fancied doin an american classic with hydraulic suspension. I want it to drop to the floor but also have the ability to drive on three wheels & jump.

What would be an ideal american classic? Also what are the pit falls in building a car like this?

Any info will be greatfully received

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One guys "American Classic" is anothers POS. Old Chevy or Fords will usually work.

As for the bad side of hydraulics. They usually ride like ****e' and old timers (me, being one) think its a waste of time. But, to each his own. Go For It !!!
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And please don't use a classic 2-dr ht--As I personally hate to see a perfectly good one hopping around like an idiot.

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If I was going to do this I would use an old tow truck. It IS for your Body Shop so it would serve two jobs. I think it would be cool and the frame will hold up to the hopping around. You could even use the power take off (PTO) to drive the pumps.

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Those 80s GM intermediates seem to work good. My question is why? Why make a car do that? But if you have to do it, do it right and make one that will tip over, they always win the competitions.
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Do a mini school bus. Every kid can relate to that.
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Around here a lot of people do this to their cars. Then they sell it a month later after they crack their frames. I would use anything with a full frame that looks good to you and brace everything you can. Its not if the frame will crack its when.
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Why not airbags instead of fluid? With the bags you can still get a reasonable ride, height adjustability and won't need to carry around a bunch of batteries. And you might get less flack from the oldskoolers...
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i vote 70s el caminos.
they are cheap to buy easy to work on
and the crowd that likes hydraulics usually love em

i had a 78 elky and everyone was like when you gonna put some switches on it?

just read the frame comment... dunno if this would be a good candidate for a hopper cuase i believe they were unibody
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