Originally posted by jdockham
Hi Guys. I want to stiffen the suspension in my 49 ply rod. I used the stock rear leaf springs and shocks with a nova differencial. The front end and suspension is stock except for the addition of disc brakes and a power rack and pinion steering system. All the coil springs are stock (55 years old) and undoubtably lost some of their tension. The car rides nice but has quite a bit of body roll. I don't want to spend alot, but i do want to reduce the roll as much as possible. Will air shocks lessen the roll if kept fairly firm but with enough pressure to still provide a good ride? Will new coils all the way around with a combination of new shocks and maybe a new sway bar on the front end (if i could find new OEM replacement) help. Or what ? any ideas considered. Thanx Doc
Stock shocks? I hope you don't mean that they are 55 years old. If so, new shocks may help some. I don't feel that air shocks would be the answer. They generally will stiffen or raise the ride. I would consider the sway bars on front and possibly rear, along with new shocks. The springs are old, but if they are holding the prpoer ride height, I wouldn't automatically replace them. If the body is stock, I believe that they had a pretty high center of gravity. The sway bars may do the trick. Get some measurements and check at some yards to see if you can find something to use. I would look for something off of a full size car or possibly a pick-up, because of the weight.