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1970 Chevelle ride height and lean

Having some issues with my 70 Chevelle. Installed new suspension and when it was all said and done the drivers side was leaning. Also, I put new body bushing mounts on and it looks so high. Thoughts? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Did you torque the suspension bolts with the weight of the car on the suspension? Did you verify that the upper end of both front springs are in the pockets in the frame? This is a blind installation and I've had the top end of the spring slip out of place as I tried to get the lower control arm into position. If the spring drops out and ends up sitting on the locating boss in the spring pocket, it causes that side of the car to sit about an inch higher.
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To add to what Joe has posted...
If those are new springs, they will take some driving time to settle.

Typically after a suspension rebuild like this, you'll need to roll the car forward and back a couple car lengths for tire scrub to be "rolled out" to allow the suspension to fully settle to ride height, just letting it down off the jack the front tires are 1/2" or so inboard of where they actually sit when the A-arms are leveled out at ride height....this bind between the tires and the floor keeps the suspension bound up overly high until the car is rolled around and the tires find their natural ride point.

The end of the spring has a lo pocket it has to fit into on the a-arm, you can usually spot that low point from below as there is usually a water drain hole drilled in it...make sure the end of the spring is hooked into that pocket. I don't recall their being a top pocket that matches, but there might be...I just remember a rubber isolator on the top of the spring.

As he said, you can't torque any of the A-arm or rear suspension bushing bolts until the weight of the car is sitting on the suspension...or it will preload the bushing making it try to resist lowering to it's correct point and give a false ride height.

Also, body bushing can be specific to what location on the frame they belong in, and you have to make sure the pilot nose on the bushing fits down through the hole in the mount.
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Took both of you guys’ advice. The drivers side coil was not seated correctly. I also loosened the upper and lower control arms and the suspension in the back before letting it down to the ground. Now I have to figure out how to get under there to tighten them up! Sit correctly now though! Thanks for the insight!
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Took both of you guys’ advice. The drivers side coil was not seated correctly. I also loosened the upper and lower control arms and the suspension in the back before letting it down to the ground. Now I have to figure out how to get under there to tighten them up! Sit correctly now though! Thanks for the insight!
You can jack up the back of the car and set the axle tubes on jackstands to put the weight on the suspenson and axle housing and get access to the bolts in the rear….it is the same as having the car on the ground as far as the springs and bushings are concerned.

Setting the car up in the air with jackstands under the frame rails and letting the suspension droop while tightening the bolts is wrong way to do it.
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Took both of you guys’ advice. The drivers side coil was not seated correctly. I also loosened the upper and lower control arms and the suspension in the back before letting it down to the ground. Now I have to figure out how to get under there to tighten them up! Sit correctly now though! Thanks for the insight!
Don't feel bad, that's happened to me more than once. I use ramps to support the front tires when I torque the suspension bolts.
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