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lowering a car without hacking it up

ok same car 1970 cadillac deville how do i lower it with out cutting it all up. Im trying to build domthing like a rat rod merc or somthing, flame throwers tinted windows and white walls but how did everyone lift and lower them back then *to go into parking lots and such) surly there is a better idea than hydros or airbags. thank you all for your replys.

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Back in the good old days they just cut the springs, used lowering blocks or deepened the spring pocket on the frame or in the A-arm.... and just let it scrape!! There was no up and down until hydraulics came into use. If you had to go into an uphill or downhill entrance you tried to minimize this scraping by entering at an angle.

Saw one sweet chopped and lowered '50 Merc at a car show 15 years ago that had titanium wear plates on every point that could contact the road. It was so low you couldn't have slid your toes under the rocker panels. He had a awesome poster size, nearly sundown, photo of his car going over a hump in the road at 70-ish mph, sparks just flying everywhere from the titanium plates, just like in the movies!!! Proudly had a ticket on display too, the Highway Patrol got him one night, claiming the car was a hazard, too many parts below the scrub line.

I guess you could use manual screw weight jacks on each spring like the Nascar boys do, but you would look pretty dumb jumping out of a stopped car at a drive entrance with a big ratchet in your hand and going around to each corner of the car and cranking it up enough to get in the drive without scraping.

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Back in the good old days they just cut the springs, used lowering blocks or deepened the spring pocket on the frame or in the A-arm.... and just let it scrape!! There was no up and down until hydraulics came into use. If you had to go into an uphill or downhill entrance you tried to minimize this scraping by entering at an angle.

Saw one sweet chopped and lowered '50 Merc at a car show 15 years ago that had titanium wear plates on every point that could contact the road. It was so low you couldn't have slid your toes under the rocker panels. He had a awesome poster size, nearly sundown, photo of his car going over a hump in the road at 70-ish mph, sparks just flying everywhere from the titanium plates, just like in the movies!!! Proudly had a ticket on display too, the Highway Patrol got him one night, claiming the car was a hazard, too many parts below the scrub line.

I guess you could use manual screw weight jacks on each spring like the Nascar boys do, but you would look pretty dumb jumping out of a stopped car at a drive entrance with a big ratchet in your hand and going around to each corner of the car and cranking it up enough to get in the drive without scraping.
Haha, I'd love to see that Merc! Technology is great and all, but hydraulics are a mess. They and airbags generally involve a lot of modifications to the body and severely devalue the vehicle. It all strikes me as a bit too much sacrifice just to have your cake and eat it too.

My truck has a pretty mild static drop on it (3"/4") and it still is a pain to drive compared to a vehicle with stock suspension. You have to give a little to get a little, if you ask me.
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