LeMons Update: The Suspension is Killing Me

lemons update the suspension is killing me

As a member of Gen X's muscle car faithful, I hate seeing Reagan-era hot rods victimized by a previous owner's neglect. And our Lincoln's easily subverted air suspension is Exhibit A: mangled air hoses and missing front springs. It's a LeMon Head's worse nightmare, and finding a reliable (i.e. not cracked) pair of air bladders on the cheap ain't no picnic. So is a Fox-tastic conversion to boneyard T-bird coils in the future? Not a bad idea, after I address that crushed radiator support. (At least one of the Lincoln's problems is solved by the ubiquitous BFH.) But still, the well-worn 5.0 purrs like a kitten at idle. And stabbing the throttle brings howls reminiscent of a three-headed dog at the gates of Hades. This is way too much fun.

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  • Guyincognito Guyincognito on Mar 20, 2008

    Couldn't you just take some from one of the new Lincoln Navigators rotting on some dealers lot? I'm sure you'd have time to complete the race and then re-install them before anyone would notice.

  • Jordan Tenenbaum Jordan Tenenbaum on Mar 20, 2008

    Okay, now we need a Volvo update from Jonny.

  • on Mar 20, 2008

    There is all kinds of air ride stuff available in the aftermarket. Something must fit.

  • Sajeev Mehta Sajeev Mehta on Mar 21, 2008

    mocktard: it is very likely, but the Houston event I am running starts in August. More to come. Capt. Mike: we do not fear Mad Quattro Grip down in H-town. Unless it starts raining. guyincognito, bluecon: there are plenty of Mark VII ready suspension parts, but I have a $500 budget to work with. That's for the car's asking price and any work (outside of safety, brakes, and tires) needed for this pile. Air springs ain't happening unless I find an umm, well maintained Lincoln in the junkyard.