Project Tiger’s Eye Update: Front Suspension & Tires Ready To Roll

IMG_9864With our last update, Tiger’s Eye received a new rear suspension setup courtesy of Gambino Kustoms’ Taildragger Kit, our wheels had been powder coated courtesy of Electro Tech Coatings out of San Marcos, California, and our 350ci had been bored. .030-inch over so that we could bring the overall displacement up to 383ci upon assembly.

To complete our Tacoma Cream wheel set, we ordered a set of Coker Classic Nostalgia Radial Tires off of Summit Racing. These tires (PN: 568745) feature a radial construction with a thin 165R15 profile. The whitewall is 2.25-inches wide–we wanted a set of economy tires to run while we were completing the build that still had a nice amount of flare.

IMG_9266Our baby moon caps from Wheel Vintiques also arrived recently. With plans to shave and smooth most of the body and keep chrome trim minimal, the moon cap/smoothie combo will play on the subtlety that we’re trying to achieve with Tiger’s Eye.

The biggest update–Rod Authority is getting ready to bring Tiger’s Eye into the shop for the full install of our front suspension setup made possible by the folks at TCI Engineering. They offer a slick ’49-’54 Mustang II-based IFS. We opted for air springs over the standard coil-spring setup so that we’d have a four-corner air setup. Disc brakes, two-inch drop spindles, and a power rack and pinion upgrade help keep us on track in terms of upgrading safety, style, and comfort all in one purchase.

Features To Be On The Look Out For

The two feature articles that will be coming out in the next few weeks are the wheel powder coating feature and the front suspension install feature. In the powder coating feature we walk you through the powder coating process that Tiger’s Eye’s wheels went through and also answer some FAQ with Electro Tech Coating’s head guys.

We’ll be shooting and documenting the install of our front suspension this week so you can expect that feature to be published in December. That feature will focus on top tips to help make the install of the TCI Engineering setup a breeze. We’ll be working closely with our shop manager, Sean Goude, to bring you as much detail about the install and how to tackle the project yourself.

Stay tuned, we’ve got a lot brewing for Project Tiger’s Eye. By the end of this week, we’ll have ourselves a rolling chassis and for the first time we’ll get a good visual of the general stance that we’ll be working with.

To stay up to date with the progress of our 1950 kustom Fleetline project, bookmark the Tiger’s Eye page and check back frequently. With the rolling chassis days away from being completed Rod Authority will be able to focus its attention on completing our engine build and getting the drivetrain mounted. Don’t forget to leave your impressions of the build in the comments section below, we look forward to your response and feedback.

About the author

Andrew Almazan

Andrew Almazan is a graduate of CSULB with a degree in English and a passion for traditional kustoms and hot rods. His first exposure to out of this world vehicles was through the prevalent low rider, baja bug, and kustom culture of LA county.
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