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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Nov 30th, 00, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Yet another question - before I drop in my big block I'm going to install new front springs (switching from a small block) but instead of cutting off a coil (which I've never done and wouldn't want to mess up), does anyone have knowledge of a reasonably priced set of springs that will naturally lower the front end an inch or two? I don't want it lowered too much but I hate that look when the front end is higher than the back. thanks

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Nov 30th, 00, 11:52 PM
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Hey, if you want the front-end lowered, why don't you put the big block in now with the small block springs you have, that will give you a lowered look. If you like the looks, then you can keep those springs. I have a big block in my car with aluminum heads and the aluminum heads lightened the front end raising it higher than I wanted. I am thinking of putting smallblock springs on the front to lower the car.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 00, 12:54 AM
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Concerning your question on springs, I installed a 396 Big block in my 67, purchesed big block springs and the car road high in the front end. I cut one coil off then the car was to low. It looked great but every bump or road kill was bad news. Your best bet if possible is with big block in car weigh the front end, go to a spring shop with type car and front end weight and they can match a spring to your car.On the average your looking at $90 for a pair of coils. The ride hight will be perfect for your car. Good luck.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 00, 02:39 AM
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You may want to replace your existing springs with a new pair of small block with A/C springs. The springs installed now are 30+ years old and spring tech has come a long way since then. I replaced the springs in my 69 Z and the new ones were 10 coils and the old ones were 8 coils , but they raised the front 1 inch which was where it was needed to prevent the stock size tires from rubbing the inner fender.

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