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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 17, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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My car sits too high in front

New restoration including new springs. Looks like I have 3 choices:
1. Wait, and hope it settles down.
2. replace coil springs or cut them down.
3. Replace spindles with drop spindles.



What should I do?

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 17, 11:23 AM
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Re: My car sits too high in front

1. Ensure the springs are seated in the spring pockets.
2. Wait, and hope it settles down.
3. Replace coil springs or cut them down. Replaced is the better option IMHO.

Do not get drop spindles as they do not play well with these cars.

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Re: My car sits too high in front

Check to make sure the spring is in the cup right. If so take it for a drive. If that doesn't do it cut a coil.

It might be the control arm bolts were tightened while the wheels were up. You might need to loosen them, drop the car onto the ground, then tighten them.
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Re: My car sits too high in front

You could also replace the coil springs with QA coil overs that give you great adjustability.
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Re: My car sits too high in front

I am with Steve on this Tony. Andrew is right with spindles although there are spindles out there that do work.

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Re: My car sits too high in front

No to drop spindles for sure .. and yes to coil-overs, Ive had QA1's and Viking's from Speedtech ... both good, but Viking's quality is much better

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You could also replace the coil springs with QA coil overs that give you great adjustability.
But then you need to change the lower control arms. Any nobody likes mismatching control arms so you should do the uppers as well. While you're in there you might as well upgrade the brakes to 6 pistons.

...and now your back end doesn't match the front so get a 4 link set up. Since you have the rear end out you might as well change gears as well. Oh and with all that out of the way change the tank so you can add EFI...


...and that's why my wife made me sell mine...
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I am with Steve on this Tony. Andrew is right with spindles although there are spindles out there that do work.
Which ones? Don't they all change the geometry out of design necessity? Also he has stock wheels. The control arms will interfere if he uses drop spindles.

I put them on mine and struggled for a solid year to get rid of bump steer. It wouldn't go away.

I put stock ones on, cut 2 coils, got the exact look I wanted and never looked back. New bushings, wide tires with short sidewalls (17" wheels), and a lower center of gravity makes these old cars drive surprisingly well. Mine had very neutral steering in the corners, stopped really well, and loved to tear up highway miles.

Sure you can go full resto-mod and make them into extreme canyon carvers but if you're just driving it on the street a fresh stock suspension does surprisingly well without the need for all that stuff I jokingly listed in the post above.
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Re: My car sits too high in front

The car is not going the settle that far. The springs not indexed into the spring pockets would not make it that high.

You have 3 choices. #1 replace the springs. #2 cut the springs. #3 install coil over springs.

You don't need to change control arms to install coil overs.

I would cut the springs.
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Re: My car sits too high in front

i have the Viking coil overs and absolutely LOVE them. total adjustability in ride height and firmness. completely transformed the car. Also, I'm using them on STOCK lower control arms without an issue. the only difference is the bottom ears will sit on top of the control arm and you'll have to drill out the factory welded nuts to run the larger mounting bolts through and install nut on bottom. the instructions are very clear and easy to understand. installation was surprisingly easy. Hands Down the SINGLE GREATEST modification I've made to the car (and I've changed just about everything)

do yourself a favor and step into the 21st century. the Viking coil overs will make that thing feel like a modern car.


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Re: My car sits too high in front

I had the same problem, I cut 2/3 of a coil off the top and it dropped about an inch. Had no problems afterwards but I did get a front end alignment just to make sure everything was ok.
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Re: My car sits too high in front

New is not always better. But the old ones back in.

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Re: My car sits too high in front

another option is coil spring specialties. They can rate your old spring and make a set at what ever height you want. They did several for me and always on the money. you may need to weigh your front end so they know the weight and give them one of your springs.

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But then you need to change the lower control arms. Any nobody likes mismatching control arms so you should do the uppers as well. While you're in there you might as well upgrade the brakes to 6 pistons.

...and now your back end doesn't match the front so get a 4 link set up. Since you have the rear end out you might as well change gears as well. Oh and with all that out of the way change the tank so you can add EFI...


...and that's why my wife made me sell mine...
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To be fair I bought it for her in the first place. She always wanted one. Then she wanted a bigger house. Now she has one and not the other.

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(something small. Nothing outrageous. Nothing worth as much as the car was since the lake near us only allows up to a 20 hp motor...)

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