As for ride quality/handling. I'm not going so much for a handling car because of the iron headed big block that's gonna be up front in a no optioned car hardly will mess with weight balance something awful. I'd like it to be a little better than stock, maybe a little lower, but for the most part just have correct big block springs in it. Good thing i'm pulling the spindles and replacing it with some disc brake ones my dad got in on a 71 cutlass 442 (antique auto salvage makes things pretty cheap and easy
), so i'll replace the springs at that time too. Car had manual drum brakes too, and I decided after I redid the whole suspension it probably wasnt the best idea to leave the manual 4 wheel drums. LOL
Eventually I think I may convert everything to 4 wheel discs and add that new air suspension stuff front and rear after it's been tested and proven, I like the idea of easily adjusting ride height and handling. So 60-150$ for stock type coil springs right now sounds good to me
Yeah, i've been over most of that site at least once before and some stuff twice
. I was kinda figuring that my springs were probably small block ones after I found out about the frame mounts. The car is a conglomeration right now of small block, 6 cylinder, and big block stuff. LOL
It has the correct 3.31 posi rear end and gears both date coded correctly for the car, a single fuel line coming out the tank (might have been swapped), 5 leaf multileaf springs in the rear, 6 cylinder non-staggered rear lower shock mounts, i guess small block frame mounts and springs up front, big block heater stuff that i think may have been added actually, and all other SS stuff, non-ss hood hinge springs...
I just don't know anymore, I'm starting to think it may have been a small block SS converted to a big block only swapping the heater stuff or something... At least I know it's a v8 car by the VIN
. I'm gonna stop worrying about it and build the 454 block I have anyway and convert whatever else to big block and the right mounts and suspension and everything and call it a day. It's not a complete original restoration so i'm gonna do it my way, I just will stop saying it was a big block SS and say it might have been a big block SS originally, but it is now