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Old 06-28-2009, 04:01 PM
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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?

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Old 06-28-2009, 04:18 PM
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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