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Old 01-23-2003, 10:06 AM
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what is the cheapest way to lower my 1969 pickup, it has coil springs on the front and rear. im looking to lower it about 3 inches.
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Old 01-23-2003, 10:18 AM
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Cheapest way is to remove the springs.... and then cut them with a cutoff saw. I would cut 1 coil the first time.... then progress from there.

It may take a time or two to get it where you want it.

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ditto. also heard of holding a torch on them till they drop to a pre-determined and pre-blocked hgt.
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Either of these ways will in fact give you a lowered truck, however the spring rate at each wheel will be different. This in turn will cause the truck to be slightly less predictable when driving on the road. Worst-case scenario the truck will be unmanageable in moderate cornering and deadly in hard cornering. This also greatly reduces the load capacity of the truck. I’d recommend shelling out the bucks to put on lower coils. <img src="graemlins/nono.gif" border="0" alt="[nono]" />
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Old 01-27-2003, 02:40 PM
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Well I have a 69 stepside shortbed and I just flipped the springs over and it gave me about three to four inches all the way around for $0.00 thats the way I like it.
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Old 01-28-2003, 07:57 AM
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hey REHJ what do you mean flipp em around, buddy?
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Just remove the springs flipped them over so if you remove the rear one for example take some paint and put a red line on the top and a blue line on the bottom as the spring was installed the red line should now go on the bottom do this at all four wheels you have you lowered truck.
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[quote]Originally posted by chevyman17:
<strong>what is the cheapest way to lower my 1969 pickup, it has coil springs on the front and rear. im looking to lower it about 3 inches.</strong><hr></blockquote>By no means Please! Do not cut or heat your springs! Sure it is a cheap way to go but cheap is what you'll have.Dropped coils are fairly inexpensive and range from 2",3" for the fronts and 3" 4" 5" for the back. There about a couple hundred for a pair.Now,if you go lower than 2" in the front you may have to shim the control arms. Most any classic truck parts dealers will sell them and don't be afraid to ask about any possible modifications.You could also go with disc brakes and dropped spindles a lot more costly mind you.Oh yeah, is your truck a shorty?
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no my truck is a long bed, i wish i had a short bed soo bad, but this was the first truck i ever got, and it used to be my dads, so i dont really want to get rid of it, if you know what i mean..

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[quote]Originally posted by chevyman17:
<strong>no my truck is a long bed, i wish i had a short bed soo bad, but this was the first truck i ever got, and it used to be my dads, so i dont really want to get rid of it, if you know what i mean..

[ January 30, 2003: Message edited by: chevyman17 ]</strong><hr></blockquote>Hey chevyman,I used to have a longbed,nothing wrong with that!My dream was to find a shorty and that dream came true!Thats why I'm 70 sbc, for short box chevy.In fact, I came across the truck around my birthday, which incidently was in 1970.It was meant to be!
By the way I might have to put you on my buddy list.Great truck!
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Old 01-31-2003, 05:33 AM
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SWEET, that truck means alot to me, lol, ya it might be a long bed, but ive seen a long be look nice, and here in augusta kansas, there are many shortys, if i were to rebuild my truck i would have a one of a kind c10 here, lol, hey i lost my virginity in that truck, that must mean something, and to top it off, that truck took me 60 miles every weekend, with a cracked head, valves tiken, shocks swaying, bed loaded with truck parts, and a shot carb. but now i t looks alot better, i cleaned it up, rebuilt an engine to put in it, cleaned the bed, hey not bad for 800.01 bucks from a dealer ship, lol,im gonna ad you to my buddy list, peace, over and out...
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Get a fat chick & stuff her in the bed! ask MS if it works, he'll tell ya!
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