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Old 09-21-2011, 02:38 PM
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FINALLY - A use for junk Chinese sockets - temp. coil spring boosters!

Finally found a use for junk Chinese sockets.....Grind two notches in the side and they make great temporary coil spring boosters!

I'm trying to figure out the right height I need so the tires don't rub, seems my frontend is down at least 3" and I can't see where it was lowered. I guess maybe the springs were chopped but how do you tell?

Anybody familiar with the big rubber coil spring boosters?.....I bought some of the aluminum boosters but the seem too small for the wide gaps on my springs and those big rubber ones seem perfect, but will they just pop out after awhile?

Whats my best solution for 2"-3" lift besides spring replacement?

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Old 09-21-2011, 02:55 PM
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I use them (if I have one) for pounding U Joints out.Some sizes fit just right, using the socket keeps you away from damaging the yoke.
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:18 PM
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Yeah i've actually used them for other tricks too, i'm really just trying to get some input on my frontend that i'm clueless about.

Frustrated: why would somebody lower the front so much that the tires rub when turning, then cut a rustfree gorgeous 41 Chevy fenderwell so they would turn.??

'course I did hack a few musclecars in my day, but I was a kid then.....lol....i'll never forget how pissed off my dad got when he saw me hacking a hole in the hood of my 72 Chevelle vert with his sawzall.....That was a sweet car, I bought from orig. woman owner in 79, jade green with white top and interior, sold my 73 Camaro to get it.....hacked a huge hole in the hood and installed a massive pro-ram scoop, couldn't even see the righthand lane......all for a puny 307 2bbl.....lol.....then it flew off on the highway once, ole dads sheetmetal screws failed hard!....lmfao.....so I had the bodyshop class rivit it on and paint the whole car primer black......my dad just shook his head......In highschool I trashed like 6 choice top dollar musclecars and several others, but I paid hard earned cash or traded for every one of em. For graduation (by the skin of my teeth) I got 4 new tires and that was like a million bux!.....Man those were the daze huh!!!
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:42 PM
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Those were the days...If we only knew back then....
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Theres a lot of things that could cause this...
It could be an improperly installed sub frame....
If your lucky,someone could have cut the springs.
to get your ride hight the bottom control arms have to be set level.
can you post some pics of the frame and suspension?
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:54 AM
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Yeah i'll take a bunch more pics DBM, here are a couple I took yesterday...thanks man

Did notice that the ends of the swaybar are not attached and there is nothing to attach it to.....hope u can see what I mean?

I was told its a 78 monte chassis, I had assumed the sub was the same but maybe not, cuz the swaybar is factory attached to the frame but was not meant for my subframe?.......I guess?
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Sounds like its a full frame not a sub frame job....Dont worry about the sway bar right now,it just needs some hardware to mount it to the control arm,But it sure looks like your springs were cut by how close the snubber is to the frame.cant tell what kind of frame it is but you should be able to find the monty springs fairly ez and changing the springs is ez when they've been cut.I'd start by removing the springs and shocks and setting the ride hight with some all thread just put it all back together minus the shocks and springs,jack the car up from the cross member untill the bottom arms are level then run the all thread were the shock goes so it holds the control arm in place ,then see how much clearance you have.If you need more thats ez enough to deal with by doing a body lift (shimming the body mounts) If that is a monty frame you may have a lot more work ahead of you,Is the body bolted to the frame??????
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Here are a couple from the top I had taken, maybe help?
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Yup, that is a full frame swap and your springs were cut.I'd start out with some junk yard springs first...
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In those last two pics you posted ,something dont look right with those control arms it looks like they drilled a hole to use a wider one for some reason....see the upper control arms?Where the bar mounts to the frame,the forward hole....You might be better off posting this in the suspension section where the real experts are, I'd get to the bottom of this problem first before doing anything else...
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Heres the upper control arm mount I'm talking about
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I found two pictures of 1978 monte front suspensions, and NEITHER of them have upper control arms that shape. plus

this is a monte clip welded to a diff frame but you can see what i mean.



plus there should be at least one hole in the lower control arm suitable for the sway bar, like such:



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Hi.....

BTW,change that lower radiator hose.its junk...
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They look a lot like what I'm using, 95 caprice uppers Theres a part number at the left corner
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:53 AM
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hmmmmmmm.....not sure about the uppers by my lowers look like buckets to me, like a sand pail.....u can see the bottom of one in the 2nd pic.
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