Well, with some good-natured prodding from both Editor Fortier and Artist Jimmy Smith, the "Rizcayne" is actually well on its way to becoming a pretty darn cool ride. Just days after the completion of the frontend rebuild and the installation of power disc brakes from Classic Performance Products, the components for the next phase of the transformation arrived at our offices. With all the glee of an 8-year-old child on Christmas morning, I tore into the two rather large and heavy Air Ride Technologies boxes I'd shoehorned into my office. After surveying their contents and trying in vain to get everything to fit back in the boxes the way it did before I emptied them, I trundled the whole kit 'n' caboodle out to the Primedia Tech Center where the airbag installation would be performed. Tech Center Manager Dominic Conti immediately took possession of my bounty and began to match the components to the parts list, enclosed with the installation instructions, in the Air Ride Technologies kit. Once satisfied that the contents were accounted for, he rolled the Rizcayne into the Tech Center and positioned it on the lift. While he was doing this, I wandered off to grab my trusty camera so I could chronicle the installation (but not without stopping to admire my new quartet of 18-inch-diameter Intro "Vista" billet five-spokes and Toyo Proxes 225/40ZR18 tires).
The Air Ride Technologies airbag components used here on the '64 consist of a combination of a '58-62 Bel Air/Impala rear system (PN ARR 20600), an ARF 10600 front system (again listed for the '58-62 Chevy), and an ARC 4000 four-wheel compressor system. These three component packages (along with those awesome Intro wheels and 18-inch rubber) gave us everything needed to perform what ended up to be the single, most attitude-altering modification the Rizcayne will see.
Though the component kits used on the '64 are listed for use on '58-62 Chevys, we found that only one modification (for the rear bag mounts) needed to be performed to make it a virtual "bolt-in" kit (Well, "bolt-in" may not be a totally accurate description as it is necessary to weld in the front upper shock mounts--but I'm sure you catch my drift.). So, camera in hand I, again, had the opportunity to watch as someone else did my work for me (though I don't feel too guilty because the kit installed without a hitch). In fact, I think the guys at Air Ride Technologies would be safe changing the designation for those airbag kits from '58-62 to '58-64--it was that easy. So, check out the accompanying photos and follow along as we show just how easy it is to make a real attitude adjustment to a mid-'60s Chevy.