So I am sure this is blasphemy to ask this question, but I am looking to install air suspension on my '59 and was wondering if anyone has done a similar installation on an X-Frame? I am interested in discussing how and where to run the air line from the front to the rear.
I have seen it done. A local guy actually just won an award at Goodguys with his 59 on air suspension. I only know his info from Instagram. if you have that, you might be able to message him on there and get some info and check out what he has done.Check out @Terry-rials
I would probably run it like the brake and fuel lines, through the drive shaft tunnel. Since your line is not a hard line though it will probably have to be tide to the fuel line to keep it away from any rubs on the drive shaft and you are going to want to carefully check clearances to make sure even during suspension travel it can't rub. This keeps it hidden and protected from the road.
Air lines have been installed successfully. I install 1/2" tubing inside the frame ans a guide/sheath for the 3/8" air line. I also installed rubber grommets where the tubing comes out of the frame on each end. I have a nice video of it working, but cannot post it.
Actually I just noted the elephant plastic mock up block and heads you have in your photo. That is blasphemy to a MOPAR purist. Surprised you found an oil pan that fit that combination. Don't forget the oil filter hanging off the front of the motor that gets in the way of everything.
Only thing wrong with the Hemi design was the oiling system. If Keith Black hadn't cast a BBC block out of aluminum that accepted Hemi heads everyone in the top Fuel ranks would still be running a BBC. Because the Hemi couldn't finish a race under boost without blowing up for lack of oil pressure. If you ever wonder why just look at the oil that comes out of the engine after a race: goes in as 90 weight, and comes out as zero weight due to fuel dilution from blow by).
Hemi heads were a gift from God, but the the original 1958 Chrysler "B" engine that the RB 413/426 wedge engine was based on was a poor design. It wasn't until 1965 that Chrysler reworked the Chrysler "B" engine with the introduction of the 440 truck engine that they got all of the bugs out (the new 500 cube Hemi crate engines are based on the newer revised block castings).
Had you considered the 472? (a 409 bored thirty with a turned down 454 crank installed). Today I was scanning a bunch of 1995 Chevy High Performance magazines that are full of 409, and early Impala SS cars due to the interest generated in the 1994-'96 Impala SS car and the thirtieth anniversary of the BBC.