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Old 03-18-2004, 06:29 AM
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Coil spring dilemma

So my ďhotrodĒ has been sittin in my neighborís garage for nearly six years, and mama says enough is enough. Itís time to get that ole truck back on the road.
(Iím thinking that sheís ichin to get behind the wheel.)

What Iíve got is a 1949 Chevy five window pickup on its original stock frame but with a subbed front end.
What was, very crudely, cut into the frame was a mid seventies vintage Pontiac Ventura front end. What possessed someone to use that particular vehicle, Iím not sure. But itís probably what they had available, so o.k. Besides it seems to work pretty well and in the end itís what Iíve got and itís paid for.

Since I pulled the body to rework the horrendous weld job of this sub I figured it would be a good time to clean up the frame a bit. So now Iíve got suspension parts spread out all over my garage.

Now to my dilemma.
I want to put in a new set of coil springs as I think the old ones were a little tired as someone had jammed in several of those little twist in spacer things that Iíve always hated.
I want the smooove ride offered by the passenger car suspension, (the reason for breaking from stock in the first place) so I donít think I should stray too far from Ventura stock. But Iím thinking too that the ole í49 steel is probably a little heftier than the Pontiac was for that suspension and that maybe I sure should be going for something a little sturdier. So Iím looking for suggestions as to what would be a good upgrade to accomplish all objectives.
Hopefully there is someone out there who is more adept at figuring out what would be just right, than I am.
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I usually start out with the original six cylinder springs. The engine is usually set back a bit from what the original sub was set up for and that makes a lot of difference on spring rate. Most of these sub grafts I've been involved with ended up using the standard type front coils, a good sway bar and some HD. shocks.
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By the by, I should mention that the engine is sittin on this thing is a V8 X 350.
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Old 03-18-2004, 07:34 AM
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I assumed that. I have done a half dozen of these and only one was a Big block (47 Ford).
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Wouldn't the V8 be heavier than the six and therefore require a stronger spring?
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No, because the engine is usually set back a bit from the original position and the front end sheet metal of the early trucks and cars is actually lighter than the orig Nova, Camaro, etc.
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