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Old 11-11-2005, 09:40 AM
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Jack up the a** end

hey y'all i was wondering if there was a cheap way or free way to jack up the back end of my car it's sagging and i'm too poor to buy new springs they're like 3-5hundred for my 66bird i've got competition engineering 3 way adjustable drag racing shocks on them i thought that would help but it didn't it'd B nice if i could just like put them on 2 cinderblocks and get fat people to jump on them to rebend them but i dont' think that'd work thx for your help

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Old 11-11-2005, 11:22 AM
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um, rubber coil spring boosters that cost about 3 bucks at your local parts store?
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i was wondering if there was a cheap way or free way to jack up the back end of my car it's sagging and i'm too poor to buy new springs they're like 3-5hundred for my 66bird

i've got competition engineering 3 way adjustable drag racing shocks


Call a local spring shop and ask how much for a re-arch....
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Old 11-13-2005, 12:01 PM
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um, rubber coil spring boosters that cost about 3 bucks at your local parts store?


The Bird has leaf springs. Rearch or replacement.
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Old 11-13-2005, 12:06 PM
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Isn't this the car we were lowering last month???
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Old 11-14-2005, 07:34 AM
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yeah i was thinking of lowering the front end to compensate for the back end sagging
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Old 11-15-2005, 01:04 AM
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I think that I would try rearching the springs. It is the cheapest way out..

What they do is lay the assembled leaf spring on the floor, chalk a line on the concrete the shape of the inside of the main leaf. Arch it cold with a sledge hammer and an anvil about 3-4 inches; it's a guess. Make a second chalk arch on the floor for the rearched leaf. Make the other leaves match, reassemble, reinstall.

Make the second spring match the new chalk mark arch on the floor.

That is the way the rearching places have done it for decades. I have seen it done several times.

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I had a 66 TBird with the same problem. I reversed the spring shackles, helped a little...
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from the eaton spring website:

Re-arching a steel leaf spring results in the spring being brought back to it's original free arch. There are 2 ways of re-arching a spring. But only one correct way.

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The first, the most popular and the incorrect way, is to use either a hammer or a press to change the arch. This is known as "cold setting". This is the method used by most shops.

Using the "cold" method will result in a short term fix. Spring steel has a memory and unless this memory is erased the spring will return to the height it was prior to it being raised.

This will happen even without weight on the spring.

The second and only acceptable method of re-arching starts by erasing the spring's memory. This is done by annealing, then reshaping and finally re-heat treating each leaf in the spring.
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Old 12-28-2005, 08:00 AM
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Check around your area for a place that makes springs. Don't buy big name aftermarket stock repleacement springs because they are overpriced. Same for places like Pep Boys. There is a place around Buffalo that makes springs and will sell a pair for about $200-$300. Very low profile place (I don't even remember the name), but check around. An alternative is to add a new leaf. I just did this on my truck and it raised the rear about three inches and brought some rigidity and weight capacity back. Very quick and cheap.


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