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Old 06-24-2008, 04:11 PM
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Lowering the front end of a Nova

So I have a 1970 Nova that I would like to make sit a little lower in the front. I know about drop spindles and lowering springs but I was wondering if it could be done easier. The car was originally a big block car and now has a small block. As far as I know the springs in the front end are original and probably have a higher spring rate than the springs for a small block car. Do you think that installing the lighter springs would lower the front of the car at all?

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Comparing two new springs, BB and SB, the small block springs will have a lighter spring rate. But consider the age of the current springs, if OEM; they might be already losing some of their tension.

If you're running headers, be careful lowering it too far, I dropped my '68 3 inches and caused some serious clearance issues around town and even pulling into my garage. At the local show n shine, I drug the ramps from the curb at the park strip, almost took them home with me. Now running new small block springs, with the blower weight and smaller front runners, it's good.
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I thought about the age of the springs playing a factor as well. What did you use to lower yours three inches?
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Only way I'v ever lowered the front of any car is to cut the springs.

You lose some suspension travel, but it works! Just don't cut them with a torch or heat the springs with a torch to lower it
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I cut one full turn off to drop it about 3 inches. The ride didn't suffer much at all, just reduced my header flange clearance to about 2.5 inches off the road!
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you could always go with a smaller tire size i put 165 x 15 on my S10. that sets pretty low in the front i think they are used on VW's
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Does cutting the spring change the suspension geometery?
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It will need to be re-aligned, but it won't hurt anything unless you lower it much below stock height. Cutting will increase the spring rate (stiffness), though.

The best thing would be to get some springs designed for a small-block car. I put new factory springs in my '72 years ago, but GM had superceded my part number (3955711, code EL) with a part number that turned out to be way too tall. I had them torched by a spring shop to the right height, but they sunk a good bit over the next few months to where the subframe under the door is now barely 4" off the ground.

That part number is for '72 Nova w/F-41 sport suspension, 350, 4-speed, power disc brakes, and factory air. I just googled it and it's now available in the aftermarket. There goes another $150.
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I have a 1970 Nova that I would like to make sit a little lower in the front.
BEST solution ...
PUT a Big Block back in the car

That will lower the NOVA

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BEST solution ...
PUT a Big Block back in the car.
I like Deuce's solution....
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BEST solution ...
PUT a Big Block back in the car
That will lower the NOVA
Will you be sending me the check? I would love a big block but with college and other expenses it will not happen soon.
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Will you be sending me the check?
SURE ... just go out and wait by the mailbox

I bought a 1969 Nova Super Sport new ... with the 396/375 option. Mine was a 4 speed with a 4.10 gear. One of only 52 made with the aluminum head option.

Wish I had it back
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