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Moneymaker
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posted 10-04-2004 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Gary, or any of you other "older" farts.
Do any of you know when air shocks were introduced?
The earliest memory I have of them were Delco's in 1969 or so.

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KULTULZ
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posted 10-04-2004 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm thinking the sixties also. And DELCO was the hot name even though you could get kits from SEARS, MONROE etc. They were very popular instead of raising the suspension correctly. Trailer tow and pickup useage were popular also.

Had to have them big tires 'ya know...I remember some using the air shock with the shock extension...had to belt yourself in to keep from sliding out of the driver's seat. Had to park on an incline with your sweetie at night so you wouldn't roll off the back seat...

AIR-LIFT kits were popular also.

As far as air-ride, both FORD and GM had that in the late fifties, most likely others had it earlier.

What is all the nostalgia about? Trying to skip over the COMET THING?

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I am looking for information concerning factory performance/aftermarket speed parts (1958/1960) used on the MEL (Mercury-Edsel-Lincoln) (Also Thunderbird 59/60) Engine Series (383-410-430-462) produced from 1958 thru 1968.

Also older FORD Special Service Tools

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Moneymaker
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posted 10-04-2004 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sears and Monroe didn't offer air shocks until about 1970.
I had bought some about then. I know all about Air Lift corp. and air ride suspensions, I just was wondering if someone could confirm when air shocks were introduced.


Comet thing?
You mean where you were wrong about Hipo's actually beig installed in 1964 Comets?
I don't want to see or hear about pre production print info.
I have a ton of that crap on W code 1968 Mustangs including an original owners manual that shows maintanance schedules.
Show me proof of a car or RPO order sheet.

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posted 10-04-2004 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Show me proof of a car or RPO order sheet.

Showed you the TSB. Nuff said, extra sausage and pepperoni please...

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Moneymaker
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posted 10-04-2004 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
TSB means nothing!

I'll send you a pizza anyway just 'cause I'm a nice guy.

So Gary, in answer to my original question, you have no idea when air shocks were introduced and by whom?
Does anyone?

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posted 10-04-2004 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can I have a pizza too?

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posted 10-04-2004 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KULTULZ   Click Here to Email KULTULZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Moneymaker:


TSB means nothing!


Your position means nothing as all you have offered is hearsay and your opinion.

quote:
I'll send you a pizza anyway just 'cause I'm a nice guy.

I'm holding you to that...

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So Gary, in answer to my original question, you have no idea when air shocks were introduced and by whom?

Does anyone?


All I know is that they were available in other brands other than DELCO before 1970 as I put a set on my girlfriend's 65 SPRINT in 1969.

I also know they were designed for useage other than what they wound up being used for...

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posted 10-04-2004 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
Can I have a pizza too?


Sure.

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posted 10-04-2004 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted 10-04-2004 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JCQuinn@work   Click Here to Email JCQuinn@work     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had air shocks on my 67 Mustang that I bought in 67. I probably put them on in 68 or maybe 69. They weren't a new product then but I do not remember when they came along. I don't remember the brand either. I barely remember 68 or 69.

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Rory McNeil
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posted 10-05-2004 12:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have no idea when air shocks came out, but I do have a couple of not so fond memories of them on my 70 Mustang, back in the mid 70`s. First, since the rear shocks on the Mustang were equipped with studs top & bottom, the shocks tended to slowly rotate, until they tore the plastic air line out of the shock. 2nd, Since my US Indy/L60-15 combination required quite a bit of air to prevent cut up sidewalls, both the upper shock mounts in the floorpan ended up cracking & splitting. I have not owned a pair of air shocks for almost 30 years now, thats fine by me!

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Moneymaker
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posted 10-06-2004 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well the air shock deal has taught me no more than I already knew so far.

BUT..............between 5 and 7 PM CST tonight watch this and the mid size forums for a 64 Comet 289 Hipo resolution.


Irrefutable FoMoCo print evidence that I am once again correct!

Beth and I are really looking forward to those fresh New England MD crabs.

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Bob Hopkins
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posted 10-06-2004 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Hopkins   Click Here to Email Bob Hopkins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
EARLIST I emember was 1968 "Highjackers" was what I remember,the were usualy missused A friend with a Bacraduda 383'4 gear8 bolt crank and monster slicks that stuck out wheelwells and "highjackers to keep body off slicks till one of them blew top of 2nd geer ,can you say adbrupt right turn into woods ,guess it could have been worse it could have made left into traffic,car was totaled. Earler than 1968 all I can rememberis air lifts just notter olefarts opinion

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posted 10-06-2004 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Moneymaker:
Beth and I are really looking forward to those fresh New England MD crabs.

MD isn't in New England...

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Moneymaker
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posted 10-06-2004 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mass, Maine, crabs, lobsters, all same to me.

See this link for the real deal.

https://mustangsandmore.com/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000570.html

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Alex Denysenko
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TomP
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posted 10-18-2004 02:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Alex, i think there were Hi Po 64 Comets, read it in the old 80's Super Fords... no anchovies on mine

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Mike65
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Alex, I would say the 60's or early 70's originally for cars that towed trailers to level out the ride when loaded. I also had a set in my 70 & 68 Mustangs, had to clear those BIG tire you know. LOL I think the first set of air shocks I saw where either sears or monroe.

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posted 10-28-2004 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of my chebbie mechanic pals tells me that GM introduced the Delco Air shocks in 1964.

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Alex Denysenko
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posted 10-29-2004 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, but chebbie guys always lie...

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