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Old 05-14-2011, 08:51 PM
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Lifting 63 lemans rear

I have a 63 Lemans the wheels i have on it look great and tuck under the rear fenders very nicely. Problem is i get a little bit of wheel rub when i hit a bump. I am going to be re-doing the suspension in the near future and will fix the problem properly then but for now i just want a quick cheap fix. I don't want to change coils or wheels as these look great. Any ideas how i can lift this just a little i don't really care if its not proper just want to use it for a few months till i take it apart again and do it properly. Thanks in advance to anyone that may have a idea.

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Spring spacers and shock extenions.
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I thought about shock extensions would they work on there own? I thought they would just effect the way the shock travels? I will look into the spacers. Thanks
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Can you modify the bump stops a bit..they should be located on the frame above the axle and are there just for that purpose to stop the axle travel before the tires contact the car in any way.

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Can you modify the bump stops a bit..they should be located on the frame above the axle and are there just for that purpose to stop the axle travel before the tires contact the car in any way.

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Thanks i will take a look but not sure this car would have bump stops? These cars were originally trans axle cars, this car has been changed over to a coil spring rear. I will take a look tomorrow. Thanks
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If it does not you can get a pair at the local pick-a-part and install them..should have them anyway no matter what you do with the rear suspension..

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You could use a Fender roller on the inner Fender lip if that's where it's rubbing.

Pic of tool>> http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...w=1003&bih=619

There's a member on TurboBuick.com/forum that rents his tool out. If you're interested I can post the link.

Is that the "My Cousin Vinny" IRS rear suspension?

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I have a 63 Lemans the wheels i have on it look great and tuck under the rear fenders very nicely. Problem is i get a little bit of wheel rub when i hit a bump. I am going to be re-doing the suspension in the near future and will fix the problem properly then but for now i just want a quick cheap fix. I don't want to change coils or wheels as these look great. Any ideas how i can lift this just a little i don't really care if its not proper just want to use it for a few months till i take it apart again and do it properly. Thanks in advance to anyone that may have a idea.
You DO realize that your 63 uses swingarm rear suspension. Lifting it screws up the camber, resulting in a very poorly handling car and causing irregular wear to your tires.
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Had the flexible "rope drive" shaft that connected the engine back to the transaxle assembly. It was actually a length of relatively small OD steel shaft, not stranded like a rope of any sort. Could be tough to modify today, although back when they first came out, Pontiac raced the transaxles (modified, obviously)- using 421 SD engines, no less- in A/MP.

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