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Username Post: Lowering, 1, 1.5, 2''?        (Topic#364920)
70BelAirHT 
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04-15-21 04:03 PM - Post#2818109    

Hi guys,
I am now in the process to convert my Bel Air with Disc brake from original parts. Now that the spindle is no more there, replace coil spring is an easy task. So why not lowering it? So, should I go 1'', 1.5'' or 2''. Jamco Suspension sells 1 and 2'' drop coil spring at 199$ a pair. CPP sells 1.5'' at 99$. Price is attractive, is 1.5'' will be enough noticeable?
Thanks for all the input/suggestion!

Mathieu Bélanger
Québec, Canada
1970 Bel Air HT 2 doors 350 Sport Coupe(frame off resto)
1970 Caprice HT 2 doors 454
2019 Dodge Grand Caravan GT


 


BigDogSS 
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04-16-21 07:58 AM - Post#2818154    
    In response to 70BelAirHT

Hmmm....I think I would leave it as-is. If anything, 1.5". Anything else will probably affect the ride.

    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible 327 - Ermine White C1 - VCCA Senior Award
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe 396 - Marina Blue FF - personal "barn-find" lol



 
PatwithaRat 
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04-17-21 04:28 AM - Post#2818202    
    In response to 70BelAirHT

My question would be "Why lower it?"

If that floats your boat, its your car, so do it. Keep in mind that a lowered car only appeals to a small portion and I'm not one of them. Also, whenever it comes time to sell, you have a very small market.

Voted most likely to end up working at a car wash.


 
S10mk 
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04-17-21 05:59 AM - Post#2818206    
    In response to 70BelAirHT

Sorry to thread hijack.
But what would be a good set of springs to return my car back to it's stock ride height? It still has the original springs, but they seem to be pretty soft and worn out by this point. My car is a 67 2 door sedan with a small block and a manual transmission w/o AC.



 
docjns1 
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04-17-21 12:42 PM - Post#2818222    
    In response to S10mk

To each his/her own when it comes to looks. Very well may depend on choice of wheels & tires!
I'd be careful with springs vs. lowering/drop spindles however...While 65-70's have a different steering gear set up you might want to take a look at this post from the 61-64 forum regarding steering geometry:

1961-1964 Fullsize Chevys » 63 Impala Suspension Help


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'65 Impala SS, Crocus Yellow/blk
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Edited by docjns1 on 04-17-21 12:44 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
70BelAirHT 
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04-17-21 12:43 PM - Post#2818223    
    In response to PatwithaRat

It's only for the look it gives to the car.
I know that a lot of ''older'' enthusiast won't appreciate it and I understand why.

At first, when I began the restoration process, my plan was to rebuild it as close as possible to original specs after all the comments I received about the fact that my Bel Air was rare and it would keeps his value. But before the restoration starts, my plans were quite different. Bags, 454 engine, EFI, 700r4, etc. All things I didn't do. Once I drove the car 4-5 years, plans changed again. For example, the engine, I thought that the base 350 will not be enough powerfull but well tuned, it's far enough.

So now I am in the process to upgrade for power steering, power brakes and disc brakes. I want the ride to be more ''comfortable''. I did used original and NOS parts.

Few years ago, I was talking with a Mopar enthusiast. He had a Satellite that he cloned to a Road Runner with the 440 engine, stripes, etc. I was surprise to see that he took his original car to this step. He told me something that stays in my mind, don't be slave to your car.

So, after thoses years, the value of my ''rare car'' (I know, rare doesn't mean valueable) and the comment of the Mopar guy, I think that I'll do it the way I feel it. And no offense PatwiththeRat, I asked to get hint, tip and clues about what to do and your comment is more than welcome as I read almost every posts you wrote on CT and I have great respect for you.

Thank you Pat!

Mathieu Bélanger
Québec, Canada
1970 Bel Air HT 2 doors 350 Sport Coupe(frame off resto)
1970 Caprice HT 2 doors 454
2019 Dodge Grand Caravan GT


 
70BelAirHT 
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04-17-21 12:44 PM - Post#2818224    
    In response to S10mk

Visit the CPP sponser web site, It's all there.

Mathieu Bélanger
Québec, Canada
1970 Bel Air HT 2 doors 350 Sport Coupe(frame off resto)
1970 Caprice HT 2 doors 454
2019 Dodge Grand Caravan GT


 
70BelAirHT 
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04-17-21 12:50 PM - Post#2818226    
    In response to docjns1

Tie rods on 65-70 Fullsize is not on the same side as for the 61-64 Fullsize but good tips, thank you.

Mathieu Bélanger
Québec, Canada
1970 Bel Air HT 2 doors 350 Sport Coupe(frame off resto)
1970 Caprice HT 2 doors 454
2019 Dodge Grand Caravan GT


 
BigDogSS 
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04-19-21 08:56 AM - Post#2818352    
    In response to 70BelAirHT

Unless things have changed recently, the drop-spindles for 65-70 are not compatible with the factory 1969-70 disc brakes.

    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible 327 - Ermine White C1 - VCCA Senior Award
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe 396 - Marina Blue FF - personal "barn-find" lol



 
70BelAirHT 
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04-20-21 05:33 AM - Post#2818393    
    In response to BigDogSS

You are right and this is why I didn't want to with this option.

Mathieu Bélanger
Québec, Canada
1970 Bel Air HT 2 doors 350 Sport Coupe(frame off resto)
1970 Caprice HT 2 doors 454
2019 Dodge Grand Caravan GT


 


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