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endicott_jb 06-23-2014 07:57 PM

That's a purty car zz. You sir are an artist and a master at metal working. My hat's off o you.

Old Iron 06-23-2014 09:22 PM

First time gettin them in the sun seems like it starts their heart to beat and they start to take on some new character.

docrock100 06-23-2014 10:21 PM

ZZ, I was wondering where you were sharing your pics of your builds. I just found this site and there is some talented guys on here. The 34 Cadillac turned out great. I never saw it finished over at the other site. This current build is as always amazing. I can hardly wait for the grill and the hood ornament. The flying eye on the Cadillac was an incredible piece of artwork. I am glad this site lets you show your builds all the way. Keep up the awesome work and thanks for all the pics

zzrodder 06-23-2014 10:49 PM

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ZZ, I was wondering where you were sharing your pics of your builds. I just found this site and there is some talented guys on here. The 34 Cadillac turned out great. I never saw it finished over at the other site. This current build is as always amazing. I can hardly wait for the grill and the hood ornament. The flying eye on the Cadillac was an incredible piece of artwork. I am glad this site lets you show your builds all the way. Keep up the awesome work and thanks for all the pics

Thanks! Yeah, the mod at KB pulled the 34 Caddy build because it was 'off topic' - in other words, censored for turning out shiny. That's what makes RRR so cool, freedom of expression is encouraged and there is a place for everyone.

Before starting to put on the front end, I need to get the airbags operating 'cause I can't get a jack under it to work underneath. Though the Heidts front end seems well engineered, the air bags are kinda small, actually more of a compromise retrofit for their coil spring kit. Bigger bags need less psi to lift and give a softer ride, so I'm installing a pair that are the same as the rear ones - 7" dia. instead of the 5 3/4" dia. ones on it now. Another thing that bugged me was the 1/4" air fittings and the fact that they were barely accessable through a notch in the backside of the mount. Solved all that, new bags mounted and the lines now come out the top, easier to install and maintain.

Torchie 06-24-2014 12:51 AM

Bag system looks great ZZ.
And not really knowing much about them your post was very informative in regards to the difference in bag sizes.
Like everyone else looking forward to seeing this creation with the front sheet metal on.[P
Torchie.

05snopro440 06-24-2014 09:51 AM

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Originally Posted by zzrodder (Post 391783)
Thanks! Yeah, the mod at KB pulled the 34 Caddy build because it was 'off topic' - in other words, censored for turning out shiny. That's what makes RRR so cool, freedom of expression is encouraged and there is a place for everyone.

Before starting to put on the front end, I need to get the airbags operating 'cause I can't get a jack under it to work underneath. Though the Heidts front end seems well engineered, the air bags are kinda small, actually more of a compromise retrofit for their coil spring kit. Bigger bags need less psi to lift and give a softer ride, so I'm installing a pair that are the same as the rear ones - 7" dia. instead of the 5 3/4" dia. ones on it now. Another thing that bugged me was the 1/4" air fittings and the fact that they were barely accessable through a notch in the backside of the mount. Solved all that, new bags mounted and the lines now come out the top, easier to install and maintain.

Those new bags look huge compared to the ones that came with it, but I agree with your reasoning for the change and hope it smooths out the ride.

Out of curiosity, was there any clearance issues with putting in the larger bags? Do you run hard line for your air bags?

zzrodder 06-24-2014 09:17 PM

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Those new bags look huge compared to the ones that came with it, but I agree with your reasoning for the change and hope it smooths out the ride.

Out of curiosity, was there any clearance issues with putting in the larger bags? Do you run hard line for your air bags?

I think it's just 'cause the original bags are so tiny.... Yes, I had to trim the sides of the spring towers a bit and redrill the mount holes to move the bags 5/8" inward.

Starting on the right front fender rehab/modifying, trimmed back the wheelwell edge like on the rear ones, you can see the third pic how much the rear of the fender will need to be extended to mate up to the lower cowl edge, due to their 5" forward from stock location. Last pic is the drivers side fender - that's daylight showing through :mad: - lots of metal to replace :(

jclars 06-24-2014 10:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Torchie (Post 391796)
Bag system looks great ZZ.
And not really knowing much about them your post was very informative in regards to the difference in bag sizes.
Like everyone else looking forward to seeing this creation with the front sheet metal on.[P
Torchie.

Same here. In fact, very similar experience with my Jag front, as clearance only allowed the 5" Slam Spec. bag (5.5" OD). I now know what I might have to do to get around the 170 psi needed to get them to a safe driving height. May have to start looking at clearances...

Thanks for the tutoring ZZ!

And I don't know half of what you are doing, but it sure is turning out nice.

John L.

Old Iron 06-25-2014 08:05 AM

I'm glad you're showing all the suspension stuff [cl
I'm thinking of doing an air bag setup on my 48 GMC and have never done one before [P
If you posted the manufacture of the bag system, I missed it so forgive me if this is a rerun of what you already posted. Are you using Ride Tech or who ?

smallfoot 06-25-2014 08:47 AM

Seeing the info about bags is cool. I know squat about that and it might come in handy. That's a cool old Packard ZZ...


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