Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thursday Twister: Factory Air Bags

Welcome to another edition of the  Thursday Twister, DT's favorite quiz game where the answers are written on the wall of men's rooms.  Today, I want to bring up the subject of airbags -- not the aftermarket kind that can be used to slam your whip to the ground, but the stock kind that are used to maintain ride height in luxury automobiles.  The twister today is simple -- just name all the factory air bag equipped cars.


I'll start with the Lincoln Mark VII that came with full air suspension at all four corners starting in 1984.  This '89 Mark VII LSC has only 39k miles on the odometer and is bidding here on eBay for $2,025 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go.

Rules...there are no rules.  Just name all the factory air bag equipped cars in the comments below.

18 comments:

  1. The 2016 Trump-mobile. Ok Ok I will show myself out....

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  2. My E39 Touring had airbags in the rear suspension

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  3. my Chevy C6500 did, towing an unexpectedly rear-slammed Town-Car .. sorry that's two

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  4. 2001-2005 allroad

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  5. I believe the VW Phaeton uses an adjustable air suspension. Is that the same as "air bags?"

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  6. Ok Sherman, let's set the way back machine for the 1958 Buick Air-Poise suspension

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    1. PS.. its only fair to comment that they tended to por-poise more than just a little! :)

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  7. The early Lexus LS400 had an air bag ride option. Not sure about what years were included.

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  8. Lincoln Mark VIII

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  9. The Goodyear Blimp uses an air bag to maintain ride height, am I right?

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  10. The 1st and 2nd generation Lincoln Navigator ride on air

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  11. Ford Crown Vic and Mercury Grand Marquis

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  12. Think lots of Lincolns from the '80s up had their boat floated on air.

    The '88-whatever Taurus-based Continental was notable for its ability to point its nose straight up whenever the right pedal was pushed hard. Credit the sloppy front suspension geometry and limp shock damping, not the 140HP 3.8-liter head-gasket-gobbler under the hood.

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  13. Oh, and as for the MkVII LSC - it's a Fox, many of the usual Mustang Fox chassis bits work (it's a Lincoln, so leave the rod-ends and hard urethane for someone else), all the Mustang Fox powertrain stuff will work.

    A good one with a nicely-built 331ci smallblock, good T5, 3.55 rearend, '03 Cobra brakes, etc. could be an awfully nice driver.

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  14. My neighbor has an 89 Mark VII with airbags. Maybe I should say had airbags as they have been collapsed for at least 10 years. He still drives it daily.

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  15. My neighbor has an 89 Mark VII with airbags. Maybe I should say had airbags as they have been collapsed for at least 10 years. He still drives it daily.

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