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Moving rear leaf springs on 55 Chevy Bel Air

I would like to place a wider tire on the back of my car. I am limited now due to the design of the rear fender wheel well.

If I move the leaf springs will this allow me to put a wider tire or will this just give me additional room on the inside of the wheel/tire?

If not, does this mean that I will need to buy new wheels that are offset to give me more room at the fender well?

Maybe someone has done some modification or has a method of doing this without tubbing the rear axle.

I sure could use some thoughts on this.

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I have seen where they moved the springs to the inside of the frame, and have also seen where the spring perches were cut right into the centre of the frame. Either way will gain you a lot of clearance, but you will have to get different offset wheels to move the tire in a bit, unless you also narrowed the rear a bit........If I was going to do this, I would be looking at a stronger rear than the stocker......maybe a 9" Ford.
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Try this link here: Rear Leaf Spring Relocation Kit For 55 Belair??
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This is the easiest way to put 18.50 under the car.
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This is the easiest way to put 18.50 under the car.
Still going to have to hack the wheelwells, are you not?

My understanding about putting the springs to the inside of the frame rails, in the old days, was that the guys would take the original spring hangers and swap them to the other side of the car.......to the inside
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My understanding about putting the springs to the inside of the frame rails, in the old days, was that the guys would take the original spring hangers and swap them to the other side of the car.......to the inside
That way will work Poncho, but you will lose the spare tire well and have to relocate the gas tank. Mounting in the frame will probably allow for the stock "in between". You could buy a kit http://www.streetrodparts.tv.cnchost...-relocator.htm
or build the parts yourself.

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Still going to have to hack the wheelwells, are you not?
I have seen it done where it looks stock. You cut the wheel house and floor so you can move the wheel house inboard enough so the vertical panel of the wheel house is in line with the frame. You can actually get a fairly wide tire under the car with these mods. You will either have to run a funky offset or get a narrowed rear housing.
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Still going to have to hack the wheelwells, are you not?

My understanding about putting the springs to the inside of the frame rails, in the old days, was that the guys would take the original spring hangers and swap them to the other side of the car.......to the inside
Yes you do have to tub the back end.In the picture I show the back frame rails are cut lose,Then flip side to side,So the springs are on the inside,Then you weld the back frame rails to the inside of the front frame rails.Then 45 them together.You will then be able to put 18.5'' under the car.Once you tubbed the car,And narrowed the rear end.
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Moving rear leaf springs

Just wanted to thank those people who provided either information or their thoughts on moving the rear leaf springs on my 55 Chevy Bel Air.

Going to think about what was provided before making a decision on what to do if anything.

Seems like it could be a major effort and money to get another 2 or 3 inches of tread on the ground, however, it sure would look good.

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On my 55, I managed to put 15x8 Vette rims with 225R70-15s.........Never really had a traction problem. Had traction bars on it...might have helped.
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