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Old 10-15-2004, 04:36 PM
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Raising the Front

Guy's here's the deal. I have a 37 Cadillac, with an 81 Camaro front clip. The front sits a little too low for my taste. I've already put heavy springs in it and rebuilt the front end. Is there any way to raise it up about 1 inch.

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Old 10-15-2004, 04:42 PM
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Taller tires.
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Thanks for the quick reply, but I do not have the fender to tire space to use taller tires. I need to raise the front and if possible get more tire to fender clearance.

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You may have to raise the body a little. Looking at your journal, the body seems to sit fine at the rear. Actally, it looks good all round. You may want to put some spacers under the front of the body and fender supports.

I kind of have the same problem with my truck.



It sits low in the front, but I can live with it. I am using a Nova clip.
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Rick B1B,

The Caddy does look good. Is the tire rubbing on the outer edge of the fender? If so can you use a wheel with more inner offset to move the tire away from the outer edge of the fender?

Also, if you lower the back there will be less weight on the front and that might bring it up some. The combination of the two might get you out of the woods.
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You might try a set of "air cond." pads under the springs, That should give you about an inch more.

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maybe an air ride setup would help??


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Troy, can you give some more information on air cond. pads. What are they and where would I get some. Sounds like it might work.
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In earlier days when there was a lot of after market hang on air cond. added to a car, the kit had a round hard rubber preformed socket that was installed under the front springs to adjust ride height back to factory specs. I think there was several different thicknesses. They can be bought from most parts stores that handle springs and front end parts.

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Thanks Troy, I saw those the other day. I installed some front spring stiffeners and lowered the back 2 inches. It's not too bad now, but will need a final adjustment when I get closer to being done. I'll see how the ride is, then if it's OK I'll install the spacers as mentioned. If it's too soft then it looks like I will need to go with stiffer springs. I really don't feel like pulling the springs, (too much work), but I guess I got to do what is needed.
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These pads will not affect the ride or rate of the springs. If you used the type that go wedge in or twist in they will stiffen the ride and change the spring rate. To install the AC pads you have to do the same as pulling the springs to get them under them. Unless you have a good spring compressor tool. And with ether one you will need to realign the front end.

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