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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 21st, 16, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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55 BelAir SUspension Mischief!

I have a 55 Bel Air ... Stock coil springs on front ... Leaf springs on back ... Monroe Air shocks on the rear ... traction bars ... front and rear sway bars ... If i accelerate hard and let off the gas, the rear will want to swing to the right ... The rear leafs were replaced maybe 3 or 4 yrs ago ... I doubt that they have 3000 mile on them ... The front coils may still be original... I plan to redo all sway bushings with polyurethane and go ahead and replace front coils with new stock height coils. I plan to go new shocks all around and ditch the air shocks. Also, there is some play in the steering and I intend to address that over the winter, maybe go the power route. I am posting this asking for suggestions or recommendations in terms of what may be the problem and also, am I overlooking anything in the list of tasks I am planning. Could this be an alignment issue? Thanks in advance for your comments and suggestions!
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Re: 55 BelAir SUspension Mischief!

Ditch the air in the shocks. Add a traction bar that go from the bottom of the spring plate to the frame, you will have to weld that mount on.
I had 4-5 leafs in my springs and they were banded together ,the rear leafs mainly support whatever load you have.
Those air shocks, if not worn out , should still act like a shock absorber, if not replace them with a good big bore shock...But you do need to control the squat and springs help. The old school traction link bar will keep the rear end from wrapping your springs.

As for the play in your stock steering box, you might be able to adjust that large bolt in the cap. You need to check to see if that idler arm is not worn out also as well as the adjustable pitman arm ball adjuster.

Been there , done that with TriFives.

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Re: 55 BelAir SUspension Mischief!

Almost sounds like the rear is shifting front to back ? But I would check/replace all bushing front and rear, check all tie-rods, ball joints, ETC also.

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Re: 55 BelAir SUspension Mischief!

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Almost sounds like the rear is shifting front to back ? But I would check/replace all bushing front and rear, check all tie-rods, ball joints, ETC also.
Shackle bushing? Axle housing U-bolts loose or broke?

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