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Black Ops Vehicle

Operation Black Ops

The 76 Station Wagon that has kept the heads turning in our workshop for the past two weeks.   An idea of Anthony’s that has kept him awake for the last year, has finally come to light and a lifelong dream for most!   When Anthony arrived with his stock-standard cruiser, none of us had any idea of what this station wagon was going to transform into. Anthony had an idea in his head, but no clear image of the finished product. Who knew that the idea in Anthony’s head was to become masterpiece and nothing like anything that we have built before!   Day 1   Straight onto the lift for the removal of the standard suspension. This was replaced with a full Tough Dog Suspension kit that included – - Big Bore adjustable shocks - Medium-load leaf pack - Greaseable pins and shackles - Nine-stage adjustable steering damper which is protected by a 5mm sump guard from Front Runner.     In the meantime, we sent the six 17" Pro Comp mags to be fitted with BF Goodrich tyres. This gave the guys time to finish off with fitting the suspension and the LA Sport rear wheel-spacers.     Measurements are taken before and after any suspension fitment. We need to be sure that the lift and droop (full shock extension) does not exceed what is recommended by the OEM.   The leaf springs and front coil springs constant load rate is determined by the additional weight of accessories that will be added to the vehicle as permanent fixtures.   What this means is that the vehicle will maintain a 40-50mm lift with the additional weight of accessories. So, by determining what accessories will be added we can gauge what the estimated "constant" weight will be and therefor…

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