I thank you for chronicling your adventure so that we may enjoy the ride with you, even if it doesn't ride like the boats of the 70s :thumb:Thanks, I spent every spare moment for about 2 months working on it, still needs huge amounts of work, but it goes down the road.
Actually, I firmly disagree that all older vehicles ride better. A 2019 Ram 1500 Limited with 22" wheels and air ride is one of the best riding vehicles I've ever driven. My Legacy I picked because it was a excellent riding car. Yeah, the older cars rode comfty because they were heavy and comfort sold back then. And a big yes to many modern cars not riding as well as they might...
I also drive on some VERY crappy roads. No gravel, but almost 1/2 hour on buckled sealcoat full of tight esses, one lane bridges and rail crossings... Now with gravel filled washouts, and worse buckling from the flooding. Plus, going about as fast as she'll go. So my assessment of "If a vehicle rides well" is maybe excessive. The suspension has to be tight, but supple enough to corner over violent uneven terrain (er, road?), and to deal with tiny bumps from potholes and cracks and huge rolling swells. Ride quality is coupled with not only softness, but performance. A buttery soft ride alone is not going to support the kind of driving I do.
The ride IS improved on the truck even with 2500 springs over the old 1500 springs and the bags. With some work to quiet some of the rattling over the sharp bumps, it will be an enjoyable daily driver.
Hopefully this explains my "anal retentiveness" concerning ride quality: it stares me in the face pretty hard every day going to work.
Your fortitude (or insanity ) to stick with this is something else. If you lived in my neighborhood I woulda loved to have helped. As crazy as it seems at times (all that rust) it also sounds like fun..... so long as someone else is paying for it - lol.
REALLY enjoy the pics! :thumb: