Suspension or frame problem? - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board -- Hot Rod Forum

Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Suspension - Brakes - Steering
User Name
lost password?   |   register now

LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 06-28-2009, 04:01 PM
New Member
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Utah
Age: 33
Posts: 25
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Suspension or frame problem?

Need some help here, I have a 71 Nova that needs some suspension work. The car is two inches higher on the driver side, front and back, from ground to center of wheel well. It is a Small block, it has traction bars, and I was told by the previous owner the front springs were replaced by some taller drag springs, the front tires have a major camber issue, the tires point toward the engine and rub the inner part of the tires bald. I think if I lower the springs that might fix the camber problem but why would the car sit two inches taller on driver side, front driver is 28" tall, passenger front is 26" tall, driver rear 27", pass. rear 25". Could I cut the front driver spring 2" or so to fix the problem because this is the tallest part of all the wheels? Or how do I go about correcting this?

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 06-28-2009, 04:18 PM
carsavvycook's Avatar
My 2 cents worth
Last photo:
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Lakeside, CA
Age: 60
Posts: 2,855
Wiki Edits: 3

Thanks: 2
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
This almost sounds like the suspension was set up for a circle track car, not a drag car. It might be worth your while to take it to a reputable alignment shop, that does 4 wheel alignments, and pay for a check out fee. The should be able to tell if the frame is bent.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2009, 12:37 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ca
Age: 28
Posts: 67
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If the car was not in any serious accidents, it would not be a frame issue. Cutting springs can be tricky... and most of all, you most likely will not nail it right on where you want the height to be. You will still be like 1/2 or 1/4 inch off, most likely. But, if you are sure you want to save some money and you can do a good enough job, by all means, go ahead. It just probably is not worth it. It is definitely a better idea to get new springs from some junk yard, cause really, they dont go bad pretty much no matter how much they are used.

If you change the springs (or cut them, which I would not recommend), its a safe bet it will not fix your allignment problems right away. You will still need to take it to a shop to fix that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2009, 04:20 PM
S10 Racer's Avatar

Last journal entry: W.A.R. (Wingless Auto Racing) Sprint Car Racing
Last photo:
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Missouri Dirt Tracks
Age: 58
Posts: 2,026
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 18
Thanked 87 Times in 76 Posts
You can buy Moog springs pretty cheap as opposed to buying used ones or cutting the ones you have. Just a guess, but I would say new springs would cost around $200.00 or less. I am replacing the front springs on my S10 to a Camaro spring with a higher spring rate. The price for those are $90.00 a pair.

I once bought a 64 Chevy Impala back when I was a kid and one side on the front was higher than the other. Come to find out, the shock rod on that side was rusted and had frozen up, holding it to that level. I bounced on it a few times and freed it up and eventually replaced them.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 06-30-2009, 06:30 PM
39 chev's Avatar

Last journal entry: new pictures of T-bucket
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: pennsylvania
Age: 70
Posts: 243
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 2
Thanked 24 Times in 19 Posts
suspension or frame problem?

It sounds to me that your front coils are not properly installed.The high side is probably not turned to fit in the spring seat in the lower control arm. back in the day we installed cadillac coils in chevelles and camaros and almost always had to put them on the frame machine and pull the crossmember to get the camber set properly. If the whole car is off 2" leveling the front will help,but you probably need to do something in the rear also. I didnt see what you had for rear suspension,but it is not uncommon for a leaf spring to need re arched to level the car up.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 07-01-2009, 08:50 AM
New Member
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Utah
Age: 33
Posts: 25
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I think I got it figured out, the guy had put in some Moroso 47150 drag springs in the car and it sat way to tall. I took these out and replaced them with some camaro springs I found in the local ads where I live and it fixed the front and back problem. Huge relief that this was the problem. Not sure why the car sat so un-level with the moroso springs, the one might not have been in the little recess like it should have been. But now the car sits level all around and drives like a dream after the alignment, best money I have spent on the car yet in my opinion.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Suspension - Brakes - Steering posts with photos

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Coil spring rear suspension for 52 chevy coupe AustinPhoenix Suspension - Brakes - Steering 6 03-14-2009 09:27 AM
frame pics willowbilly3 Hotrodding Basics 6 12-08-2006 10:25 AM
Hotrodders Knowledge Base: Suspension - Brakes - Steering Jon Suspension - Brakes - Steering 0 11-26-2005 06:29 PM
Rack & Pinion Steering on a Chevy C-20 Suspension? Dusty82 Suspension - Brakes - Steering 3 03-01-2005 09:15 AM
Fuel / Carb problem DoubleVision Engine 5 10-28-2002 05:18 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:12 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.