Jim Smart
December 14, 2010

Tech | Suspension Upgrade
Last month, we introduced you to the Level 1 air ride system from RideTech, installing the front suspension system on a '62 Ford Galaxie convertible. We fitted our frontend with air springs, relocated shock absorbers, and installed the air supply system.

Air bag suspensions can greatly improve ride quality and handling over the factory components, and they allow you to position and show the car anyway you'd like. They are available for just about every Ford, Mercury, or Lincoln imaginable from compact all the way up to fullsize, including trucks.

RideTech has really set the standard when it comes to installing air suspensions in vintage cars, and the company's tuneable suspensions allow vehicle owners to dial in ride quality, height, and firmness all from the comfort of the driver seat.

This month, we are installing the rear suspension system, and will cover tuning the ride quality and handling. For this, we turned to Mike O'Brien at Mustangs Etc. in Van Nuys, California, who has a lot of experience building street rods and customs. Once the suspension components are bolted in, ride tuning boils down to what you do with switches and air pressure. Lets get started.

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