Nice build mate can wait to see it finished and for the pictures and uploading I just use the Tapatalk app and I can upload them straight from my phone and you can do the same through a desk top with the app
The buck isnt how i pictured it so I have worked out a new plan of attack.
I have about 4" between the axle and the bottom of the chassis so I have ordered this kit. Its ment tonbe a direct bolt on kit, with an in cab valve to increase the airbags. Basic kit but its a starting point.
It says the lowest is 100mm and maximum is 220mm. So i figured that with the mounting hardware and the airbags i should hopefully get the buck side rails high enough to mount full lengths scaffold boards over the tool boxes and tyres, lowest pressure then i have about 6" of lift if i need it, probably only lift it a couple of inches, only time will tell.
Well tonight was the night i decided to tackle the airbag system,
started of by taken the drivers side bump stop of, i thought they had a bolt through the middle but it turns out that the whole bump stop unscrews. It came out with out much of a fight, i put the bracket in place with the new bolt, undone the anti-roll bar mount and fitted the lower bracket. Slipped the airbag in and it seemed fine so on to the passenger side.
Same thing start by trying to undo the bump start, wouldn't budge. I got a hammer and chisel and it started to undo, i thought result until bang. The bump stop flew off. Leaving me a bolt broken in the chassis. 😥😥
What are my options, try and drill it out, risk messing the thread up. Couldn't get to weld a nut on it to unwind it.
Only option left was cut the side of the chassis open. I cut it open to reveal the broken bolt, i cut the the nut out and the bolt came with it. Found a new nut and after cleaning the metal up i bolted the nut in place and welded it to the chassis.
So new nut in place i need to cut a new plate to repair the chassis, plate cut and chassis cleaned i welded it in. I then proceeded to bolt the top bracket in place, then the bottom bracket went in followed by the airbag.
So with everything looking right last job was to plumb it all up. Tried to raise the truck to allow the air fitting to fit and the pit jack refused to lift, went and checked the air compressor, turned it of and on again and it fired up, back to the pit and try the jack again. Still nothing.
Thats was it. I had enough, cleaned up, locked up and headed home.
Didnt get any pictures as was rushing around like a nutter. With take some pictures tomorrow.
Well after a lot of staring i have now work out why i don't like the way the buck is going, its just to bloody high.
So new plan.
Channel the tool boxes to lower them over the mounts to drop them 50mm level with the chassis rails, then i will make lower outriggers to mount the top boards on to. Therefore loosing 50mm 2" height. Keeping everything the same level.
Just spoke to my mate who make alloy cladding ect and he is gonna help sort the boxes out, hopefully one evening this coming week.
Not to be rude, but it will ride like utter sh1te as it is. The rear springs alone would be too stiff without the weight of a rear body, and by fitting the bags you’ve essentially increased the spring rate even further.
Do you ever intend to carry any weight at all? If not, ditching the leafs and going to bags alone is the best option, as you suggest.
The transit custom is available with air suspension, it basicaly uses the front half of the spring and a panhard rod. There is also a good chance you are going to have wind up problems with a single leaf, if you were to do the above reinstate the original leaves with the back cut off.