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I may have a rear spring installed wrong


Installing my new shocks,

Thank you Mr Delco for the new hardware.

That's not always the case in aftermarket parts.

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My driver's side spring appears to be off location.

It has a bit of a curve and rubs on the frame pocket opening.

Original springs but I had then out when I added lift pucks on the trailing arms,

My guess, I didn't locate them properly when I put them back.

I assume the 1969 pockets are the same as this 67.

Does anyone know for sure ?

Looks like I need to spin the spring around to fit the seat ?

Hopefully it's not bent or cracked.

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I have had to rotate the spring to move the rung of the coil away from the chassis.

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Yes, they go in a particular way as there is a pocket (I think you can see a hole in the plate on the chassis) for the end of the coil to go in to. Did you have the rubber insulators in there too? They also go onto the spring one way.

When I re-did the steering suspension & brakes on my convertible a few years ago, I had to give me springs a bit of a turn after it was all together. Fortunately I had marked the outside of one of the coils (on each spring) with electrical tape so I knew where they should align.

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With the rear end in the air, shine a flashlight up and see it you can see the pigtail end. Loosen the cup on the control arm, fit a small pipe wrench in between two coils, turn and hook it on a coil. 

With a small extension pipe on the wrench, you should be able to shift/turn the spring until it's registered correctly. You'll know when it's right.



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I should have looked at the picture. I was thinking of the a body springs without the pigtail. Sorry about that.

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With the rear end in the air, shine a flashlight up and see it you can see the pigtail end. Loosen the cup on the control arm, fit a small pipe wrench in between two coils, turn and hook it on a coil. 

With a small extension pipe on the wrench, you should be able to shift/turn the spring until it's registered correctly. You'll know when it's right.


 Yep,

Spun it clockwise and got a clunk.

Spun back a bit and it locked in.

The rubber isolators are up there with the tape I used to hold it in place temporarily.

Those spacer pucks are a pain to work with but they do the job keeping the car level.

Below you can see the shinny spot where it was rubbing.

About 3/4 of a inch space now between the frame and the spring.

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I would love to use the original shock hardware but the threads have seen better days.

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Thanks guys.

So much for a quick shock replacement.

I'll finish that tomorrow.



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Prefectca wrote:

I should have looked at the picture. I was thinking of the a body springs without the pigtail. Sorry about that.

Paul


 All advice is appreciated biggrin



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Glad you got her.



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He was just looking for attention Mark. He wanted some of you local guys to come and visit, maybe help him with the springs. I bet it's lonely being a Ford guy on a Canadian Pontiac forum...



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That one heck of a nice Black ragtop Ford he's got.



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What are these spacer pucks you mention?

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What are these spacer pucks you mention?


 My car has the wrong springs in the front.

It sat too high.

Before

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After

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I first ordered 1969 wagon springs to pick the rear up.

They didn't do much other than make for a bumpy ride.

Spent time on Impala forums and came up with this,

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https://mcbayperformance.com/passenger-car/billet-rear-coil-spring-spacer-lift-kit-for-1965-1970-chevrolet-bel-air-biscayne-impala-caprice/

I didn't order these, I ordered a Global west product.

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Leveled the car right out.

Sits a bit high all around but I like it.

Mark has said in the past, that for B-bodies, it's a 3-1 ratio.

For a 3 inch lift, use a 1 inch spacer.

Harry's springs in London thought the best way was to cut the front springs.

But with these spacers, it's easy to go back, if you don't like it.

My next 69 Pontiac will be on the ground, like my first biggrin

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4SPEED427 wrote:

He was just looking for attention Mark. He wanted some of you local guys to come and visit, maybe help him with the springs. I bet it's lonely being a Ford guy on a Canadian Pontiac forum...


 Edited my self 3 times.

Let's just say,

Thanks for the help smile

 



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