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Username Post: Blocks and lowering springs        (Topic#349448)
falotz2 
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02-01-18 12:57 PM - Post#2722994    

I have 3" blocks in my 54 Chevy 210. I have an S10 rear and it still sits too high for my liking. My question is......Can I get a 2-3" lowering leaf spring to get a total of 5"? I dont want a lowering block that high for obvious reasons. I do not want airbags either. I'm just wondering what would work?

Thanks again for all the help



 

Sheldon Y. 
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02-01-18 03:32 PM - Post#2723017    
    In response to falotz2

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4oldcars 
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Reg: 08-26-15
02-02-18 09:17 AM - Post#2723069    
    In response to Sheldon Y.

Posies

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Shepherd 
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Loc: Lake George, NY
Reg: 11-11-15
02-02-18 09:42 AM - Post#2723073    
    In response to 4oldcars

Posies on my 51, make sure you get the right length shocks, you want a shock the is about in the middle of it's stroke when mounted, front also.



 
Bel Air kiwi 
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Bel Air kiwi
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02-03-18 02:27 AM - Post#2723169    
    In response to Shepherd

Hi Falotz2, is there enough room in the rear inner fender well to allow a 5" total drop?

I would suspect you would need to mini-tub it and raise the driveshaft tunnel at the back.

Have a look at the 52 Coupe post and you will see what I mean.

On early Rods it was common to channel the body over the frame to achieve extra lowering. This is quite a lot of work in a post war car as the floor to sill construction is much more complex than older stuff. Plus the trunk floor and both front and rear inner guards are a factor the early rods don't have.

But it is still doable and the plus with a channeled car is it tucks the drive-line parts up inside the body giving you a little more room for brakes and exhaust if you really want to slam it.

Cheers Kiwi


48 3100 RHD, 51 Deluxe 4DR RHD, 51 Bel Air parts car, 52 Bel Air P-Glide LHD. Others 23T, 32 Tudor, 58 Edsel pacer 4DR HDT, 79 F250 351C RHD. 69,70,82 Capri. No mobile, no TV, and no Jap cars.

And when it was laid to waste, they called it peace.


Edited by Bel Air kiwi on 02-03-18 02:49 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Toqwik 
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02-03-18 07:57 PM - Post#2723240    
    In response to Bel Air kiwi

Kiwi brings up some good points. My advice would be to remove your shocks. They might be holding the rear up and not allowing it to drop where you want it to be. You have 3 inches and not happy. cut a piece of 2x4 wood and stick it in there. take it for a drive and see if you have issues of bottoming out. using a larger or smaller tire will give you the visual effect you want as well. borrow tires or go to a tire shop and mount different size tires to get where you want to be.

Contentment is the smother of invention


 
Bel Air kiwi 
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02-03-18 08:54 PM - Post#2723244    
    In response to Toqwik

Hi Toqwik, Shocks don't hold cars up at all unless they have coil overs or are air shocks. And in both those cases it transfers a lot of load to the shock mounts.

Cheers Kiwi

48 3100 RHD, 51 Deluxe 4DR RHD, 51 Bel Air parts car, 52 Bel Air P-Glide LHD. Others 23T, 32 Tudor, 58 Edsel pacer 4DR HDT, 79 F250 351C RHD. 69,70,82 Capri. No mobile, no TV, and no Jap cars.

And when it was laid to waste, they called it peace.


 
raycow 
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02-03-18 10:31 PM - Post#2723253    
    In response to Bel Air kiwi

  • Bel Air kiwi Said:
Hi Toqwik, Shocks don't hold cars up at all......


They do if they are too long and bottom out. I can easily see this happening on a lowered car.

Ray

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Bel Air kiwi 
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02-04-18 02:12 AM - Post#2723263    
    In response to raycow

Hi Ray, not for long, and they would need to have too short a stroke.

Cheers Kiwi

48 3100 RHD, 51 Deluxe 4DR RHD, 51 Bel Air parts car, 52 Bel Air P-Glide LHD. Others 23T, 32 Tudor, 58 Edsel pacer 4DR HDT, 79 F250 351C RHD. 69,70,82 Capri. No mobile, no TV, and no Jap cars.

And when it was laid to waste, they called it peace.


 
Toqwik 
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02-04-18 04:30 PM - Post#2723330    
    In response to Bel Air kiwi

Kiwi, I can't tell you how many time I have seen people add blocks, mostly 3+inches that are bottomed out on the shocks, and they can't figure out why their car isn't lower. And yes you can drive for quite some time bottomed out on the shocks. Happens just as much with the front when they cut coils and don't pay attention to the shocks.

Contentment is the smother of invention


 
Shepherd 
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Loc: Lake George, NY
Reg: 11-11-15
02-04-18 06:24 PM - Post#2723343    
    In response to Toqwik

Pretty basic stuff, amazing some people are lost when attempting to "improve" there rides, this just what keeps my shop busy.



 

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