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Old 10-08-2009, 08:57 AM
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'58 apache too low!

I have a '58 chevy apache with nova front clip. It sits too low for my liking and driveway situation. Does anyone know a way the front end can be raised raised without cutting and welding the frame?
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:05 AM
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Hmmm

Hey Friend, Hmmm, thats a good question. Maybe big block Nova springs, maybe spring rubbers, maybe contact Detroit Eaton Springs for a custom spring with desired ride height. Food for thought. olnolan
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**** i read the title and i asked myself "how can something be to low" but then i read ur post lol. try different spindles? not to sure to be honest.
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:11 AM
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1 inch spacer under the front cab mount will buy about 2 in + at the core support. i do this to all the early gm trucks i build. it clears the steering box , creates clearance between headers and steering. the tire clearance issues go away also.
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Wouldn't that require refitting all the body parts forward of the cab? It's is a beautiful truck with beautiful paint and I don't want to disassemble. I would rather move to a better driveway but that might not suit the little lady. lol
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:53 AM
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if you have a bumper it is a problem but everything else is tied to the cab and core support. it all moves together. barely noticeable . if not then you can go to coilover shocks and get some lift.
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I have coil-overs on the front of my 58 because of the big block.It will pick it up but the shock towers will break if you don't replace them with 1/2 inch plate steel.I drilled the rivets off the stock ones and traced them onto some 1/2 inch plate and transfered the shock bolt to the new mount and bolted them onto the frame with grade 8 bolts.For the bottom bolt to clear the coil on the shock I counter sank the hole and used a carriage bolt.I put Edelbrock Sensatrac coil-overs on the back too.Just take one of your old front shocks and a back shock to the parts store so they can measure the travel.
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Stuffer Springs

Don't make this hard. I would consider putting in stuffer/longer springs. I did the opposite with my clip on my '57 pick'in up when I put in 1" drop springs. If this is a front steer clip, there is a lot if info on springs at natzy29.com. There has to be a spring that would work for your appliation after seeing all of these camaros/novas setting way too high in the front after having a spring upgrade.
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Old 10-09-2009, 11:20 AM
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this is stock suspension. very drivable with good tire clearance. 1 in at the forward cab mount 2 in at the core support. plus if you decide to you can remove the spacers. only problem you will hit is the bumper.
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