Re: Wanted to run an idea past ya'll on mounting leaf springs to perch
Anything you can do to improve things back there is worth while.
Sounds like someone welded some different perches on your axle tubes - the Camaros/Novas etc. werent made that way.
I welded a 1/4" plate to my spring perch with an alignment hole centered exactly in the middle. I replaced the bolt that holds the leaf springs together with a grade 8 3/8-24 socket head capscrew (allen head), the head of which which positively engages in the hole in the added plate. Got rid of the rubber pads, and added spacers to ensure the stack is clamped solidly with 4 u-bolts.
I think you're on the right track. Not sure if your current perch has a locating hole in it, but it would be a good thing to add. Keep in mind that if you weld a plate to it like I did, it will lower the rear by the thickness of the plate.
Edit - Reread your post and noticed that your spring perch has a centering hole. That makes your idea sound even better - essentially bolting the springs to the perches, with U-bolts as well. I like it a lot. I don't think you'll have any surprises when you remove the center rivet (mine used a bolt, not a rivet) but if you're concerned, you could c-clamp on either side before grinding off the rivet.
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Last edited by BPOS; Jun 10th, 10 at 01:30 PM.
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