raise the front end of the Chevelle
Hi Guys. I need to raise the front end of the chevelle. I want a 60's stance. I have Moogs in the front for springs and that did very little. I don't want spacers and I don't want to heat the coils. The chevelle is tubbed and has MT's on the back and Moroso's on the front. I'd like to get 3-4 inches. I know that's asking alot. I thought about dropping the rear end, but that is out of the question. Let me hear from Ya'll..t
If you want to raise the front end, you are going to have to go to heavier springs than what came with the car. You need a spring catalog (or a knowlegeable sales person-or maybe talk to someone at a spring shop) to get a heavier spring, say out of a Chevelle station wagon of that period with a big block and A/C.
Custom springs can be made or ordered through a reputable spring shop. You can also use spacers (not the kind that go between the coils) that look like pads and the spring rests on them.
Heating a coil spring (a definate no-no as it weakens/fatigues the metal) will actually lower the car. If you put a custom set on and she stands too high, you use a cut off tool and take off a quarter of single coil until you arrive at the desired trim height.
Now once you have achieved the height/look that you desire, the front end geometry will have been changed. You have to consider shock travel and bump steer. All of this can be compensated for by a knowledgeable front end tech.
The cheap way out is to find an Olds or Cad in a salvage yard and measure spring diameter. Get a set that will fit in your spring pockets.
I would go with a custom set as it will cause you a lot less headache.
Don't forget to install new spring pads and whatever else is worn while you are there and you should do fine.
NAPA has a catalog that has spring specs in it. It gives spring rate,free ht.,loaded ht.,od.,id.,wire diam.....etc Don
Ps - try a mid 70's station wagon.
i had that look goin on when i had the front of my tempest jacked up. it looks wicked. but i'm like you: screw the straight axle and moving the rear tires forward ala one HRM article. the springs out of a big block car, or custom ones allowing you to keep the front end stock sounds like the way to go. are you gonna get the fender-well exit headers too?
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