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Front end weight/ spring question

I am rebuilding teh front end of my 1970 Nova and thinking about buying Moroso trick front springs. The problem is right now there is no engine or trans in the car and I am supposed to know the front end weight before there anyway to figure this estimate. The car will have a 350 in it.

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Unless it's a drag car, I wouldn't use Moroso springs. I put their light springs in my big block Nova and it sat two inches higher than stock. Had a cut them down. They do work good for drag racing.
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Spring rate and spring height are completely different.
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front springs

From and OLD retired auto parts man....go to a good auto parts store (preferrable one that sell Moog parts) and look up the stock springs for your Nova. Check the "specs" section of the catalog and note the height and rate for the stock springs. Next, cross check the application by part number. Many times the same spring is used on other models (besides the Nova). Once you find a similar vehicle that uses the same spring, see if that vehicle had a V8 option, and get a set of springs for the V8, or go back to the specs book and find a set of springs that are the proper diameter/height, but with a load rated for a V8...Should be a good starting point. (MOOG is not the only company that has good cross references, I am just familiar with their books)...Good luck.

P.S. I have used this system many times in setting up my oval track racers.
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I recommend sticking with the stock spriings until the car is finished and you can determine the ride height and the spring rating desired.
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Unless you are doing extensive mods on the body and chassis, the front end weight should be the stock weight (with the stock engine) plus the weight of your 350 and trans, minus the weight of you stock engine and trans (these weights can all be found with a web search). The drawback to this method is if you do not know what engine was originally in your vehicle - which might be your situation.

In any event, I think your best bet is to follow xntrik's recommendation of simply putting the car together with the existing may not need to alter them at all.
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