Shocks are installed.
Took car for drive today and it rode pretty good. Seemed just a little stiff, but some of that could have been coming from the front suspension. Overall ride was pretty good, and it didn't bottom out over same bumps it was bottoming out on before. Very much improved.
Installed some spring spacers to hold springs in at top, they also are 2.5 inches adjustable to tune ride height and level the car.
Welded in mount for bump stops and installed some inside coil bump stops made for a Jeep.
Weighed car and bought some 13 inch 125lb springs and installed.
Bought new shocks that have enough travel from bump stop to nearly fully extended springs.
Ordered 6.5 inch backspace wheels from weld to move tires up under fenders.
Have the springs installed, and putting shocks in next weekend.
Took apart rear suspension today.
Trying to come up with an inexpensive way to just get the rear suspension to actually function.
The shocks were already nearly fully compressed at ride height and had about 2 inches of travel before bottoming out.
The spring supports are not fabricated very well. Welding is very poor, built from various pieces of scrap steel
There is nothing even remotely resembling a bump stop.
Top spring cradles are not very good, springs were held in with exhaust clamps.
Rear axle is too long for chassis.
No budget for new suspension at this time.
Swap to inset rims to move tires under fender wells.
Slightly narrower tires to get up under fender well.
Replace shocks with correct length and travel shocks.
Add spring sleeves to top spring cradles, get rid of exhaust clamps that hold in springs.
Add bump stop to rear springs.
Possibly replace springs with slightly longer springs (TBD)
Beef up crappy welds, add more supporting steel, or replace lower spring seats.
Save up, total new rear end and suspension.