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Old 06-07-2006, 08:48 PM
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72 nova leaf springs

Hi ,
i just got a set of multileaf springs for my 72 nova , it currently has mono leaf springs on it and im wondering if the multi leaf springs will fit or is there going to be a bunch of changes that have to be made first ? if so what and how is it done ?
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They should bolt right in. The monoleaf setup has a lot of rubber parts in it and you want to get rid of these and bolt it up solid. The only place rear ends and rubber parts go together is in certain districts of San Francisco...
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You'll need to get 4 U-bolts for the spring perch plates. Might not hurt to make some kind of spacers to go between the perches and the plates, but it's not absolutely necessary.
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72 nova leaf springs

Thanks Guys for the replies you posted , ,,,, so i take it that i wont have to change the actual perches just remove those rubber pieces you mentioned and get longer u bolts and possibly spacers ?
i have never really looked at the makeup of the rearend parts including the leaf springs so i am totally in the dark about it .
can i get the u bolts after market ? finding anything around here at a wrecking yard is next to impossible .
ok Thanks again for replying to my questions and at least now things look somewhat better for the changeover ..

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I put Firebird multi's on my '69 Nova, and I used the rubber things, but no spacers. I got the U-bolts from the Chevy place, but that was 1970, and I don't think they carry them any more. Might try a truck shop or something like a NAPA store, but measure the diameter of the axle tube first. Might also look under '73-'81 Novas & Camaros at the junkyard, since those cars all used multi's, and I think some of them may have used U-bolts. But bring an extra tube of elbow grease & some WD-40, because the nuts are locknuts (bolt diameter is 7/16", wrench size is 11/16") and the rust just makes it even harder. Eaton Detroit Spring probably has new ones if you can't find them locally.
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72 Nova Leaf Springs

Thanks, all the information i can get will be a big help.
local wrecking yards around here hardly ever have anything for a nova .
i,ll be checking the local parts stores though.
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72 nova leaf spring

There should be lots of spring shops in your area(Cleveland) that can make u-bolts in any size you need. check the yellow pages for spring suppliers.
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I checked for U-bolts on my '78 Skylark (Nova clone), and it has one on each side, with the legs projecting 3-1/2" from the bottom of the axle tube. This is with a 5-leaf spring. My '72 Nova has 4-leaf springs, and the bolts project 3-1/4". Thread is 7/16"-20 (fine thread).
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