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Old 05-19-2007, 11:39 AM
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Need to lower my front end

I have a 73 Nova that is tubbed. I have a ladder bar rear suspension. The rear end is at the right height ( I have adjustable coil overs ). The previous owner had an all iron big block with th400. I put in a 383 w/aluminum heads and a th350, removed the steel hood and replaced with a fiberglass one and replaced the steel bumpers with fiberglass. Al l that being said, my front end is way too high (about 4 inches). Is my best bet to cut coils out of the springs? THanks.

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I have a 73 Nova that is tubbed. I have a ladder bar rear suspension. The rear end is at the right height ( I have adjustable coil overs ). The previous owner had an all iron big block with th400. I put in a 383 w/aluminum heads and a th350, removed the steel hood and replaced with a fiberglass one and replaced the steel bumpers with fiberglass. Al l that being said, my front end is way too high (about 4 inches). Is my best bet to cut coils out of the springs? THanks.
Cutting coils is easy, but four inches will require a lot of cutting. Keep in mind also that when you cut coils off a coil spring, you effectively increase the spring rate (greater lbs/inch rating) of what's left.

Of course, you have nothing to lose (except your time) if you cut the current springs and try them and are unhappy with the result. You can always install softer springs later. I've used both a torch and a cutoff wheel to cut coils. When using a torch, I submerge the spring in a bucket of water so the water level is just below where I plan to cut. This prevents heat damage to the rest of the spring.
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Might be easier to get some front springs from a 6-cylinder car. '68-'74 Nova and '67-'69 Camaro are the same, and the sixes weigh ~125# less than a SBC.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:47 PM
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Good call Mr Fulco

Just go to the parts yard and find an old set to drop in there cuz if ya cut off two full coils (which supposedly will be about right for the amount you wanna drop), youre gonna be left with some very stiff springs.
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what about 2 in. drop spindles? i was looking through one of my magizenes and i think thats what their for.
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