I think the advantage of using dropped spindles is the fact you will still have full supension travel. Couple that with a 1" lowered spring and you car will be plenty low.. That is the combo I'm using..What is recommended for 2" drop in front for a 57`?
Front coil springs lowered, or drop spindles and stock coil spring height?
Ditto! Very nice '55.Absolutely a beautiful car!
What you experienced when you cut the coils is increased camber gain on the front end, that is why it handled better. When you install drop spindles you lower the ride height which in itself will help improve handling, but doesn't change the amount the outside (loaded) tire gains negative camber in a corner. If you combine lowering the car with cutting the coils and increase the negative camber gain you get a double handing advantage.In my experience of cutting Trifive front coils or using lowering springs, the car actually handled and steered Better than before! I can't explain why but that is how it worked for me on several cars over many years. Having said that I use both dropped spindles and lowering springs on mine now. But nothing bad happens with a cut coil.
What you experienced when you cut the coils is increased camber gain on the front end, that is why it handled better. When you install drop spindles you lower the ride height which in itself will help improve handling, but doesn't change the amout the outside (loaded) tire gains negative camber in a corner. If you combine lowering the car with cutting the coils and increase the negative camber gain you get a double handing advantage.
Whichever route you go, set the static camber to negative 1/2 and that too will help the front end stick to the corners (and improve front tire life).
One of the biggest things that helped with handling was the addition of a front sway bar... made a huge difference on body roll, and dipping when driving down older roads.Thanks for many good answers, I see there is different opinion on this subject. I think I will go for the mix like you Mike: 2” drop spindles and 1” lowering front coils. And I think I will use 2” lowered leaf spring rear. I guess this will make the car pretty low and no rake. Finally I will put on Adjustable QA1 shocks. I guess (and hope) this will give me good steering and handling control on the car.
Mike: Very interesting story about your car.
Welp... I have to assume you are talking to me here John, so, I'll answer your questions. I'm running Heidt's dropped spindles and their 1" lower than stock spring. For front brakes, I'm using their standard caliper bracket and stock GM calipers that use the D52 pads.. The front ground clearence is about 4 1/2" at the front edge of the front crossmember. Smacking the ground? Well... yea.. speed bumps must be handled very slowly. You can not run standard tri-five headers with a car this low. You must use either full length or mid length headers "for lowered cars".. Someday I intend on using some Hooker Super Comp (2112's).. but right now I have Patriot mid length. The front tires are 215/65/15 T/A Radials on standard 7" rims.Hey Mike ,
Nice car just have a few questions if you dont mind. Whos spindle and brake set up did you buy? Any chance you know what the ground clearence on your front crossmember? Have you ever had any problems smacking your headers if you have them? ANy problems bottoming out? And last one what is the tire size on the front.