September 2nd, 2008
I’ve become obsessed over the history of using old WWII aircraft hydraulics in cars. Follow the past back through Hines, Barris and others starting in the 1950′s and you’ll learn that a real traditional custom suspension lifts on hydraulic fluid, not air.
The US Navy put a lot of “Screamin’ Mimi” pumps and Adelle dumps to work back in the day, most notably in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Lowriders with the right sense continued that tradition of dropping bombs.
The 48V with a single pump (shown above) works just right in Josh’s Rivi project. I really wish this video had sound. If it did, everybody listening would absolutely get “it.”
I gave a dishonorable discharge to the air bags in the Noteboom / Gambino Kustoms 1960 Cadillac project, so that they can be donated and put to practical use in the accordion factory. Old WWII era cookie tray mounted Screamin’ Mimi pump, w/ Green Monster dumps are being called into active duty and will be into battle when the timing is right. Atttteeeennnnn hut!
With September being “Hydraulics Appreciation Month,” expect more to come….
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