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DonFromTexas
Posted 2019-11-07 4:01 PM (#589867)
Subject: 1959 Imperial Airbag Leveling System



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My 59 Imperial came from the factory with an air level system, using an air compressor and air bags on the rear. I cannot seem to find any listing of parts, namely the air bags themselves. Has anyone found a source for parts to the 1959 Imperial air level system? My previous 59 had this system as well, but my reading seems to support a fact that it was not a popular option, in fact fairly rare.
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-11-07 5:00 PM (#589870 - in reply to #589867)
Subject: RE: 1959 Imperial Airbag Leveling System



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I've just poked around the digital 59 Mopar parts catalog pdf at MyMopar.com and found that the air suspension system should be in Section 25 of that catalog (but it is not in the pdf). So you until you find a hard copy of the 59 Parts catalog, maybe these will help. (Looked and there a few 59 catalogues on eBay including one factory one that includes both the cars and the trucks.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fact-Orig-1959-MOPAR-PARTS-CATALOG-Dodge-Pl...







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DonFromTexas
Posted 2019-11-08 9:11 AM (#589893 - in reply to #589867)
Subject: Re: 1959 Imperial Airbag Leveling System



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Thanks, that is most helpful information. My compressor is still installed and in fine shape, but this photo is the part I want more information on. Not sure, but this may have just been air assisted shocks.




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DonFromTexas
Posted 2020-02-11 6:38 PM (#594093 - in reply to #589867)
Subject: Re: 1959 Imperial Airbag Leveling System



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Still looking for a lead to parts. I have not been able to find any leads to new rubbers. I am thinking perhaps replacing that worn out part with some modern air shocks might be the best bet. Has anyone done that or seen that done?
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wizard
Posted 2020-02-12 2:09 AM (#594108 - in reply to #589867)
Subject: Re: 1959 Imperial Airbag Leveling System



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Those bellows was no good even as new. That goes for the ones produced by GM as well. I think there's new repops made for Cadillac that are made in a good quality.
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DonFromTexas
Posted 2020-02-12 8:45 AM (#594113 - in reply to #589867)
Subject: Re: 1959 Imperial Airbag Leveling System



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I owned an identical car back in the 60s, and never had any problems with that, so they were certainly good for up to 6-8 years. I think a problem was that when they failed, you would never know the difference unless you overloaded your car routinely. Because of that most people never bothered to replace them leading to a fading market. My interest is solely from a restoration point of view as a cute novelty.
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