How to temporarily air up the front suspension?

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How to temporarily air up the front suspension?

Postby evintho » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:55 pm

I'm looking at picking up an '88 Mark VII LSC. Haven't seen it in person yet but the CL seller says the front air ride isn't working and the front end is on the ground. He says the bags were replaced 2-3 years ago and the compressor seems to be working. The car runs and drives but can't move very far 'cause of the front end. It's 200 miles from home and I'll be picking it up with a car trailer. My concern is, not making it up the ramps onto the trailer. Is there anything I can do to air it up for a few minutes just to get it on the trailer?? Thanks in advance!
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Re: How to temporarily air up the front suspension?

Postby 2manymarks » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:36 am

:roll: Perhaps! All depends..... IF your compressor has a schrader valve on it, you need a separate compressor that will provide 125psi. Turn the key on and the system on and apply air to the schrader valve. If the bags will hold air and the airlines are in place it may fill them for a time. If they do fill, shut the system off and get the car on the trailer. 8-)
As of July2017, 11 Mark[*] VII's, 3 licensed for the road:
1989 LSC Midnight/Current Red c/c (9G) mostly stock 99k.
1989 LSC Midnight/Current Red c/c (9G) 124k, stock, needs air suspension & bodywork.
1989 Light Titanium c/c (11) Bill Blass - stock. miles unk
1989 LSC Medium Sandalwood (62) Mass air+ 111k FOR SALE $900.
1986 BB (8T) stock 125k (wife'sDD)
1987 BB (4L) stock (miles unk)
1987 Base Model White (9L) 107k (2.73rear)
1984 Turbo Diesel Base model, Platinum (1Q), 131k+ FOR SALE $1000.
Parts cars: 88 LSC, 89 BB, 90 LSC - TLZ 5spd (complete conversion w/extras 4SALE)
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Re: How to temporarily air up the front suspension?

Postby oldschool1 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:05 am

2ManyMarks said exactly what I would have said.
The only thing that I could add is that if the car does NOT hold air, your trailer/flatbed will need to be at an even lower angle to get the car on and off of it with minimal damage/scraping. To achieve this in the past, I've used 4x6x24s or 4x8x24s or better UNDER the lip of the trailer to give the car LIFT BEFORE rolling onto the trailer.
Amazingly I cannot find a picture to use as an example.
Let us know how you proceed!
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Re: How to temporarily air up the front suspension?

Postby 2manymarks » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:10 am

:roll: Oldschool1 described what I have done with boards on a couple occasions. If the 88 LSC still has it's Marchal fog lights they are at risk. Although there is some flex backwards due to the springs in the mounts, it may be safer to remove them. However, they seldom jump right off for you. If they are in good shape it would be worth the effort IMHO. 8-)
As of July2017, 11 Mark[*] VII's, 3 licensed for the road:
1989 LSC Midnight/Current Red c/c (9G) mostly stock 99k.
1989 LSC Midnight/Current Red c/c (9G) 124k, stock, needs air suspension & bodywork.
1989 Light Titanium c/c (11) Bill Blass - stock. miles unk
1989 LSC Medium Sandalwood (62) Mass air+ 111k FOR SALE $900.
1986 BB (8T) stock 125k (wife'sDD)
1987 BB (4L) stock (miles unk)
1987 Base Model White (9L) 107k (2.73rear)
1984 Turbo Diesel Base model, Platinum (1Q), 131k+ FOR SALE $1000.
Parts cars: 88 LSC, 89 BB, 90 LSC - TLZ 5spd (complete conversion w/extras 4SALE)
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