Air Shocks

If you would like to eliminate the excessive rear wheel decamber and resulting uneven tire wear when your 2002/tii is heavily loaded for a trip, air shocks are an answer.

I suggest Sears Roebuck air shocks for a 1966 Falcon station wagon. I find that these shocks are very firm. much like Konis The car handles very nicely now and is quite stable, even when loaded. Adding air keeps the car level after loading.

I mounted the valve stem inside the trunk on the side of the brace that houses the trunk latch mechanism. The air hoses were run under the false floor and through the inner fenders to the shocks. Silicone clear seal seals up the holes. Because the shocks telescope the same amount as the stock shocks but are a little shorter, I put some additional flat washers on the studs at the top of the shocks before inserting them into the shock towers.

I inserted short pieces of 3/8″ rubber fuel hose into the larger rubber bushings at the lower end of the air shocks in order to reduce the holes to the size of-the smaller bushings in the stock shocks. A friend simply forced the metal sleeves out of the rubber bushings in his old shocks and inserted them into the bushings of the air shocks. Wish I’d thought of that!

My only regret is that I didn’t install these shocks three years earlier. I had thought of it but did not know what shocks would fit until I found that information in the July, 1971 Roundel. Why didn’t I get those reprints earlier?

Author: Carl Hinshaw
8608 Edgemore, #D, Dallas, TX 75225.


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