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Username Post: weight of front end?        (Topic#347095)
Jalapeno 
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09-11-17 06:49 PM - Post#2707429    

I am trying to get a rough idea of how much weight is on the front suspension of a full size 1950s-1960s Chevy.

By that I mean how much weight is the steering trying overcome? I am picturing a fully assembled car (engine, trans, etc.), with modern radial tires (because they generally have more contact surface area with the ground), at a dead stop.

Where would I look for this kind of information?

TIA.

Jalapeno


 

acardon 
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09-11-17 06:59 PM - Post#2707430    
    In response to Jalapeno

Will this spring chart help? ..... Link to spring data.

Don
66 Corvair (driving)
57 2dr HT (driving)
56 2dr HT (waiting to be restored)


 
japete92 
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09-12-17 06:37 AM - Post#2707469    
    In response to Jalapeno

Here's some data on a '59:

https://www.gmheritagecenter.com/docs/gm-heritage-...

The first page is blank, scroll down to the 'weights'.

It sounds like you are seeking the 'sprung' weight of the front end. You may need to do some estimating to get there.



 
Rick_L 
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09-12-17 03:19 PM - Post#2707499    
    In response to Jalapeno

I have a book, "Chevrolet 55-56 Restoration Guide" that has factory weights for all models for 55-56, including front/rear distribution.

They list "shipping weight", "curb weight", and "loaded weight". Shipping weight is empty weight with all lubricants, but no water or fuel. Curb weight is the same with 33 pounds of coolant and 97 pounds of fuel. Loaded weight is 150 pounds for each passenger.

Example 55 Bel Air 2 door sedan 6 cylinder manual trans

Shipping weight 3155 front 1705 rear 1450

Curb weight 3285 front 1740 rear 1545

Loaded weight 4185 front 2065 rear 2120 (6 passengers)

V8 engine is 30 pounds less all off the the front.

Due to the construction of the book, it would be difficult to copy or scan, but I could give you numbers for a few more models if you want them.

These published numbers seem a little light 200-300 pounds) compared to the real world.



 
Gene_Schneider 
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09-12-17 07:27 PM - Post#2707524    
    In response to Rick_L

A 1957 car has approx. 1800 pounds on the front wheels.
A 1959 can be another 100 pounds depending on engine and transmission. A cast iron Power Glide or/and a 348 can add another 100 pounds +.

ChevGene 1934 Master sedan 1939 Master DeLuxe Town Sedan 1950 Styline DeLuxe Power Glide 1957 Nomad 283 PG 1963 Corvair Convertible


Edited by Gene_Schneider on 09-12-17 07:33 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
greencar 
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09-13-17 06:23 PM - Post#2707609    
    In response to Jalapeno

Just had my 55 hardtop weighed on truck scale.
Small block, AC, power steering
Total weight car only 3660
Front axel weight 2020
Rear axel 1640



 
Jalapeno 
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09-13-17 07:51 PM - Post#2707614    
    In response to greencar

Thanks everybody, this is exactly what I need.

Jalapeno


 

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