: Correct rear leaf springs
May 18th, 04, 05:16 PM
My car no longer has the correct rear leafs on it. I had seen that D&R sells original appearing 4 leaf, leaf springs that would be correct for the 68Z. Just wondering if anyone has seen a set and how they looked, or is there a better, cheaper set out there somewhere?
May 19th, 04, 01:13 AM
Contact http://www.eatonsprings.com/ Tell them the options on your car, and they will build the correct spring. I'm pretty sure they have the corect appearing spring available.
May 19th, 04, 02:28 AM
Eaton is reall good to talk to about original springs, I bought a set of z28 replacement springs from Ricks and they had eaton labels on them. I bought the standard version not the concours version for my 69z28, since the 302 is long gone.
May 19th, 04, 07:39 AM
Last time I spoke to Eaton, they said the springs were exact in function and very close in form but not quite 100% concours correct in appearance. There was talk about a run of exact concours repro's but that idea had been scrapped at that time. Not many people would know the difference anyway. :rolleyes:
Maybe it is worth a GP?
May 19th, 04, 09:48 AM
Rick's catalogue shows style 1 at $199 and style 2 for $379. They tell me that style 2 is exactly correct. Does anyone know what that means and what makes the rear springs correct?
[ 05-19-2004, 07:44 PM: Message edited by: Gary L ]
May 19th, 04, 10:29 AM
Gary the correct springs had the pockets for the
rubber insulators to set in you couldn't see
them from the bottom. Got mine for Rick's and
the car sets perfect
May 19th, 04, 10:46 AM
I bought my rear springs from HeartBeat City. He has the exact springs if that is what you are looking for. The Eaton springs and Rick's are not technically correct.
May 19th, 04, 10:54 AM
Jonesy don't Rick's get there correct one's
from Heartbeat City
May 19th, 04, 03:48 PM
i used a new primary spring along with the originals for the other leaves. That way you have the strength of the new spring, but since the pockets are on the shorter leaves, it looks perfect. I also got new square isolators, from espo. most folks sell only the round ones.
May 19th, 04, 03:52 PM
I think all of the springs come from the same place.
The way I understand this happens is that all the big Camaro vendors get together and place one big order to keep the price down and make this possible. I got the "EXACT" reproductions for a 68Z and found that my car sat too high and I got rid of them and found a set of used originals from CA, broke them apart, blasted and painted them, put em back together. Problem solved. By the way the repro leaf silencers are wrong for the original springs so I reused the originals.
May 19th, 04, 03:54 PM
Unreal, Who is ESPO? What you described is what I planned on doing until I found the used set?
May 19th, 04, 04:46 PM
Where did you get the new primary spring? Ditto on who is espo.
May 20th, 04, 10:38 AM
Not all the springs out there are from the same place. They maybe for the major resto companies, but Heartbeats are different.
Tony, I am not sure if Rick's buys theirs from him or not.
May 20th, 04, 03:21 PM
I bought a set of new springs, and took them apart for the primary. ESPO supplies all kinds of coil and leaf springs. 800-903-9019.
May 20th, 04, 04:23 PM
Jonesy I think Gary at Rick's told me thats were
they come from
May 21st, 04, 12:57 AM
Thanks for all of the replies. I'll do some checking around with the different suppliers that you have listed. I can't wait to get this car back down on the ground and start hanging sheetmetal. Thanks again! :D
May 22nd, 04, 02:05 AM
I wish I knew about ESPO and the correct isolators. I just finished rebuilding a set of original 5 leaf springs and had to use the wrong isolators and trim them to work