As many of the older cars and trucks are becoming harder and harder to restore due to parts availability, there is certainly one aspect of the vehicle for which you are restoring that can be converted to accommodate a new style, better ride and dynamics that will interest enthusiasts of all ages. The chassis of many of these classic/hot rod car and truck restorations are very basic and can easily be converted from the traditional coil spring, leaf spring, or transverse leaf to a solid adjustable solution like air ride suspension. These suspension kits are built to accommodate the OEM hardware (IE: control arms, and factory chassis components) in many of these vehicles, so the work can be done in a timely manner. Traditionally many of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s vehicles utilized a coil spring and separate shock assembly which would simply require the installer to remove the coil spring and adapt a air bag bracket kit to the coil spring retainer cup. This modification with the appropriate tools can be done over a weekend, and requires minimal fabrication work depending on the specific vehicle and air ride kit.
As with any custom project, there are many ways to get this modification done. Just be sure to think everything through and be sure to have all the hardware ready to go when beginning your installation. X2 Industries is one of the few companies to include 100% all of the parts with there air ride suspension kits, no matter what the application. If you are thinking about piecing together an air ride system, be sure not to forget a front shock relocation kit if your classic car, truck or hot rod has the current shock through the coil spring configuration.