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Old 01-21-2011, 06:43 PM   #1
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Default How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

I'm slowly getting this 57 2dr wagon back into being a driver, put some wheels on it today, I don't seem to have any room next to the fender lip. So I rolled them in. Took my time, they turned out nice. But, The car still sits lower than I would like. What would be the best way to raise it up a few more inches? 4" would be ideal. Is there a different shackle I could swap in? I really dont want to buy new leafs at this point or air shocks. If I put the axle under the spring?? I can see I would have to make an alignment pad to do that. Any ideas would be helpful Pics arent the greatest, one kind of shows the arc the leafs have now which is not much.



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Old 01-21-2011, 06:48 PM   #2
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

air shocks?
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:51 PM   #3
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

no air shocks, I'm thinking a longer shackle, I do have a large piece of 1/4 thick steel maybe I could make some
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:00 PM   #4
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

Best bet would be to have the existing leafs springs re-arched. Shackles are not the way to do it, they were a poor way of doing it in the late 60's/early 70's, and they look terrible. You could go with the coil wrapped overload type shocks, but don't mount them to the floor (stock method), install a shock bar available from any of the tri-five vendors. E-bay for the shocks (adapt them), and the shock bar too. Butch/56sedandelivery.
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:08 PM   #5
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were a poor way of doing it in the late 60's
x2...and ask how I know ...and it won't lift it much at all! hey, I was a broke HS kid then and made them in shop class.

x2 on not using the stock floor sheet metal shock mounts for air or coil assist shocks. I never did that, but saw many cracked ones back then.


I really do think re-arch is the best. You could do it yourself with a press and a bunch of time.
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:09 PM   #6
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

Have springs re-arched. Any competent spring shop should be able to do this. When I was young and poor, I had a '56 Chevy wagon that I raised by putting coil springs between the axle and frame. It worked but if you hit a deep enough pot hole, the spring popped out.
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:16 PM   #7
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

Shackles are only $18 a set, so no reason to make them. But I wouldn't use shackles either. It wont be long after putting them in that your springs will go flatter and then you'll end up with a reverse arc to your springs. Have them re-arced.
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:22 PM   #8
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

Putting the rear under the the springs is not what you want to do. Thats New Mexico 4X4 look, and will raise it lots. Pick something that has already been post before this.
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:22 PM   #9
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Have springs re-arched. Any competent spring shop should be able to do this. When I was young and poor, I had a '56 Chevy wagon that I raised by putting coil springs between the axle and frame. It worked but if you hit a deep enough pot hole, the spring popped out.


.. good one. Man, we tried some goofy stuff as teens back then. .....but, they were good times though, real good
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:31 PM   #10
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

Add a couple of leaves to each rear spring. The nine passenger wagons had more leaves than the six passenger wagons, (seven leaves instead of five leaves). An old trick to raising the rear of a 55 - 57 Chevy is to use the heavier station wagon springs.
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:38 PM   #11
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

I think it looks good low. Just get some wheels with less offset.
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:53 PM   #12
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

I used 57 station wagon leaf springs on my 56,raised it a good 3'' over stock.this was backin the 60's
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:59 PM   #13
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

I remember we used the Gabriel High Jackers back in the day, I always wondered why guys used those long ass shackles, they just look wrong.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:35 PM   #14
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

Back in the day, some of the guys would use coil overload springs on their rear shocks. Take off the shocks and stretch 'em all the way out, then tighten the clamps on the overloads so they don't slip. Good for a couple of inches...
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:51 PM   #15
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

L60's on a '57! I'm suprised they fit at all with the stock width rear. Don't even know if you can even get something that wide in a belted 14'' tire anymore. definately fills up the wheelwell!
Another vote for re arching and also ask them to add a leaf to strengthen things up a bit.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:23 PM   #16
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

Take these guys advice and rearch your current springs, I believe you said it was a wagon right? Here is a photo of my 57, 2 door wagon running a pretty wide tire, with no tubs and rearched stock wagon springs. Rides very good and makes for a nice stance. I think....

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Old 01-21-2011, 10:41 PM   #17
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

If you use air shocks or springs on the shocks,you should check the upper mounting brackets on the floor as they can crack from stress.A crossmember between the frame rails would fix the problem.

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Old 01-21-2011, 10:48 PM   #18
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

I like it low like it is, but if you're raising it I'd vote on a taller tire about 29" tall and then maybe adding air shocks after installing a shock crossmember to support the weight.
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:42 AM   #19
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

Same as vote as everyone else, get them re-arched. I had air shocks on my '57 that I recently took off. Rode like crap, had the ability to leak, dangerous if they failed and the body came down on the tires, etc. I just purchased new springs, bushings, and shackles. They were reasonably priced. Then take the springs to a suspension shop and explain what you want. Much safer and the RIGHT way to do it. In my opinion anyhow.

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Old 01-22-2011, 07:47 AM   #20
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Default Re: How to raise up the back of a 57 Chevy?

Air shocks WILL push a large hole in the floor where they mount. Do the springs.
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