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'69 Nova Rear Suspension & Axle

I was measuring the distance between the leaf springs in the garage this morning. They are mounted to the car, 69 Nova, but I ended up with a rear end out of an 8.5" 10 bolt out of 79 Trans Am.

Supposedly the 79 Trans Am axle is about 2" wider than the stock Nova axle.

So when I measured, the distance between the leaf springs on the front mount, the one connected to the body of the car, was 41". This is measured from the center of 1 leaf spring to center of the other leaf spring.

The distance between the center of the frame rails in the rear, stock rear sub-frame connected to the body, was 46".

Is it supposed to be like that stock? I guess it would help side-to-side movement...

Also, the distance between the leaf spring perches on the axle is 43".

I'm trying to figure out if the rear suspension is binding or anything...

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Sean

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1970 and up Camaro and Firebird rears are 2 inches wider ... and can cause all kinds of issues with tires rubbing ...

I usually find a 57 to 59 Ford rear end ... and they are more narrow than a stock 69 Nova rear ..

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Are you talking about the front mounts on the nova being offset? If so that is normal. they make a kit that moves the rear mounting points inward 1.5" per side and makes them parallel. You might have to modify your tank though.
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