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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:24 pm    Post subject: 74 Stance Reply with quote

Hi!

I have a 74 Nova that I have replaced everything in the front end, bushings, ball joints, front disc setup and installed small block springs. My front still sits up higher than the rear by 2 inches. Do I have to cut the front springs or maybe get a new leaf setup for the rear. The rear does look like its sagging. The stance just isn't right. Right now there are 5 leafs and a helper spring. I don't know what is stock on the 74's...
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cut 1 1/2 coils off the front for my 74 nova to sit level. I think they were the I6 coils. The rear were 5 leaf units also.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

new springs will take some time to settle. how long have they been installed ?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah sometimes a long time!!!!!!
my camaro took 2 years..............................it diddnt help that i stored it for the winter up on jack stands

anyway it shouldnt take you as long as me
my deal was on the freakish side

if you put heat to em you may destroy them
if you cut them you add spring rate which is ok if you want that but what if you cut them and then they settle Embarassed

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the rear is actually too low, you can make some slightly longer shackles in the rear to bring that end up. Ditto on new spring taking at least several weeks to settle. I stacked 2 sand bags on each of my front fenders for 2 - 3 weeks when I put my Moroso's in. Can't recall the exact number, but it seems like the front settled about 1 1/2" in the first 2 weeks. Cutting them is no big deal, but like squeeezer said, just wait a little bit first. Clay
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all,

Thanks for the responses. The springs have been installed 2 weeks now. The front is about 3-4" to high...That would really stink cutting them and then they settle...Thanks for the feedback guys!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i bought a 65 dollar set of air shocks for the back of mine. they have the problem of snapping when the axle twists, but having traction bars, i never ran into that problem. i can now fit 325-50R15 mickeys on the back and also hit an obnoxiously big ditch and not even a tire rub. not to mention i can fill them up about 4-5 inches above stock.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New springs can be a pain because ride hight is a crap shoot. I end up cutting them every time to get it right. If you heat them just DONT do it in the middle of the spring because once it gives it will sack out til it touches the next coil. Heat them near the bottom so when they give it is more controlled and you are less likely to over do it.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How bout puttin in a big block? I know it just sounds funny. Surprised BIGDAVE didn't say it first.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i also used the little spring clams on the front coils, that lowered it about an inch.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They did have a 6 cylinder Nova that has the springs you need.
As 555 said you might have to cut a coil off! No big deal though! Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go to Novas.net and check there for the correct (from the Fisher body manual) ride height as a diagram was posted there a while back. That is what the springs on the front are wound to (assuming you gave them the correct info on ordering the springs as to car weight).

The rear springs are nearly forty years old and are sagging now (hey she isn't as young as she used to be and women and cars sag with age). The fact that it has a helper spring tells me the springs were not doing their job in the past.

I like the idea of a big, big block!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FRITODAVE wrote:
How bout puttin in a big block? I know it just sounds funny. Surprised BIGDAVE didn't say it first.


My car sat just right until I did this- I guess I should have done springs first haha
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