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Old 11-18-2002, 06:11 PM
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Still building my 38 Chevy vintage race coupe. Trying to find a "multi-leaf" 68-74 Nova rear end. Anyone out there know what cars they put a "multi-leaf" under? I assumed they were all the V-8s, but I am apparently wrong, as I lined up a V-8 rear and it was monoleaf. Chassis Engineering's kit stipulates a multi. Can you help me out?

Added note: I am getting new springs with the kits from Chassis Engineering. Still they stipulate "68-74 Nova multi-leaf rear end" for the job. Could the spring perches be different?

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not sure about novas but the camaros had them in 70 and up
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[quote]Originally posted by Rick Yocum:
<strong>Still building my 38 Chevy vintage race coupe. Trying to find a "multi-leaf" 68-74 Nova rear end. Anyone out there know what cars they put a "multi-leaf" under? I assumed they were all the V-8s, but I am apparently wrong, as I lined up a V-8 rear and it was monoleaf. Chassis Engineering's kit stipulates a multi. Can you help me out?</strong><hr></blockquote>

I have a '75 nova thats had a few rears in it. One was a mono leaf '68 rear but it was a weaker 8.2. Later I installed the correct '75 multi leaf rear which is an 8.5. They are the exact same width and have the same spring mounting postions. I would go with an 8.5. Most '73 and up have the stronger 8.5's and most that I have seen use multi leaf. Be aware that in the late 70's they started using the weaker 7.5 in nova's. You might already know this also but camaro rears from '67 to '69 are the same as nova's of the same year but '70 and up are slightly wider in both overall widths and spring locations.
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Not sure what your budget is but if you have easly access to a mono rear, just convert it out using new springs. I don't like using old springs. You can get new springs and mounting hardware for a few hundred bucks and have a real nice ride.
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I know that the late 70's nova's had the 7.5" 10-bolt. I think the ralley sport models (GM discontinued the SS in '74) still have the 8.5" 10-bolts in them. I'll double check my service manual and get back to you later.

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Buy new springs, you'll get what you want/need and new performance. Used springs are an accident waiting to happen.
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You can also get your springs re-arched (spelling?), if your budget won't allow for new ones.
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If you look in my other post under the other nova rear end topic, I answered a few questions. If you can find one, a lot of mid to late 70's novas had 8.5" multileafed rear ends.
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