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Old 06-21-2016, 08:48 AM   #1
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I've had my 55 for 10 years now, and in that time, it's basically been the same setup. Well, I'm bored with it.
So, I've decided to do a gasser-ish setup. I may or may not do fenderwells, and I don't plan to radius the rear arches. I am not going to go with a straight axle front end, and this is where I could use some advice.
The whole car is lowered slightly, and I plan to keep the rear where it is, but raise the front. Can anyone tell me (I know I may need to just measure) if a set of factory height springs would give me that slight nose-up stance? Here's an album that will show the current stance: http://imgur.com/a/CfOc6
If stock springs won't do it, can anyone recommend something that will?
Everything else I'm pretty well set on, but if anything comes up, I'll be sure to ask!!
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This is the stance I'm looking for, and judging by the rear, this sits pretty similar out back to how mine does now.
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Do you know what the present spring and suspension is in your '55? Without knowing what you have, it's tough to say what might work. Your car looks a bit lower than stock, so I'm guessing it may have either lowering springs, or spindles. If it's lowering spindles with stock springs, then changing springs wont do much. If it's lowering springs, then installing stock, or heavier than stock springs should make the change you want.
Are your rear leafs lower than stock also?
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Do you know what the present spring and suspension is in your '55? Without knowing what you have, it's tough to say what might work. Your car looks a bit lower than stock, so I'm guessing it may have either lowering springs, or spindles. If it's lowering spindles with stock springs, then changing springs wont do much. If it's lowering springs, then installing stock, or heavier than stock springs should make the change you want.
Are your rear leafs lower than stock also?
Well, I'm assuming the front springs are chopped, because the spindles look factory, and everything else on this car was hacked when I bought it. I'm running stock replacement ball joints and shocks, and the shocks do look a little more compressed at ride height than normal. That would point to shorter springs, right? I was figuring stock springs up front, then maybe a coil spacer (do they exist for tri-fives?) to tweak if needed.
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Saw this car at the Nationals last year.
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Saw this car at the Nationals last year.
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Sweet!! Pretty much exactly what I'm after, stance wise. I also like that he's running factory front suspension, like I plan to.
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It's probably going to be a guess and try thing. If it doesn't raise up where you want it with stock height springs, then a spacer may help. Another option are the 409 springs from a 60's Chevy. But they might be a bit stiff and ride a little harsh.
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It's probably going to be a guess and try thing. If it doesn't raise up where you want it with stock height springs, then a spacer may help. Another option are the 409 springs from a 60's Chevy. But they might be a bit stiff and ride a little harsh.
You're probably right. I figured on trying the Moog 656 springs, and if that doesn't get me there, adding some spacers. It goes down the road quite nice now (and it took some work to get it there), so I want to maintain that. If I end up having to add ball joint extensions, I'll do that as well.
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Just my two cents, but your car site really nice as is.
Why would you want to ruin it by nosing it up?
You will kill the handling.
The "Rebel Rouser" sits level but gives the appearance of a nose-up attitude because the front tires are smaller and the rear wheelwells are radiused.

Gassers are cool, but so is your car.
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Just my two cents, but your car site really nice as is.
Why would you want to ruin it by nosing it up?
You will kill the handling.
The "Rebel Rouser" sits level but gives the appearance of a nose-up attitude because the front tires are smaller and the rear wheelwells are radiused.

Gassers are cool, but so is your car.
I appreciate that, but I'm just bored with it. I have seriously contemplated selling it, but I figure I'll try this first and see if it rekindles the flame. It's had the exact same stance for the 10 years I've owned it. It's been largely the same the whole time. I do get plenty of compliments, and while I appreciate them, it's not why I do anything to any of my cars. If people like what I do, great. If not, fine. But I did what I wanted.
Maintaining some handling is why I'm not doing a straight axle, and a coil lift is simple to change should I want that later, or decide it's time to let the car go. The 656 springs will lift it, but they're also firmer, so it shouldn't wallow too much. Besides, with no sway bars and nothing but a rear shock relocation bar and hacked springs, the rest of the suspension is stock, so it's no corner carver anyway.
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