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Old 09-21-2005, 08:05 PM
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'38 chevy rear springs

I have a 38 chevy sedan.My rear springs are good. I can't decide weither to have new springs made or take the easy road and use mine with blocks.If I have new ones made any suggestions as to what I should ask for> I'm a rooky. Thanks Cisco

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um, what are you actually trying to do? why do you want to replace your springs if they are ok?

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Are you using original or a different rear end? Might check with www.chassisengineeringinc.com
They have after market rear suspension kits.
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'38 chevy rear springs

I'm sorry, guess I do not explain properly ( can't type) .I used a IFS kit with 2" drop spindles. I"m using a 350/350 combo. For rear springs I'm wondering if I should use the stock springs with blocks ( ch 10 bolt rear) or buy a new rear kit. I want to lower the car and I am not sure what the car would ride like with either the stock springs or after market springs. thanks Cisco.
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I've used the chassisengineering rear suspension kit before, felt their springs had a nice ride. I not sure however I would think if you used the original springs depending on how much lowering block you use,you might have a harsh ride. Also if I remember right the chassisengineering setup has somewhat of a lowered stance already built in and their kits are a bolt in installation.
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I had a few leaves that were cracked around the center pin on my 71 K5. Springs wear out over time (because of use mainly...not time) and my springs cracks couldn't be seen till I took all the leaves apart. If you are going to keep them at least pull them apart and clean them so you can see any small cracks. Then paint them up good and use a new center pin.
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I think the 38 had a torque tube. If so, the axle twisting action was transmitted to the transmission mount. All the springs were designed to do was hold up the car. Now you are going to have them hold up the car and resist the axle twisting on acceleration and braking. And they are almost 70 years old.

I went with a CE spring kit like zonk. The cars not done, so I can't tell you about the ride. I can tell you that the frame, measured from the rear crossmember to the ground with no body on it, was 4 inches lower with the CE kit. Plus, they gave when you jumped up and down on the frame where the stockers were rather rigid. They operated smoother. And you get modern, gas charged tube style shocks to boot.
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38 chevy rear springs

Thanks guys, a kit it is then. Cisco
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