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Hot Rods 1960 Pontiac stance

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fine29, Mar 1, 2019.

  1. fine29
    Joined: Sep 13, 2008
    Posts: 509

    from Des Moines

    Hey all, I just picked up a 60 Pontiac Catalina. I am wanting to change the stance and wondering why my options are. I want to raise the car about 2” to match the maroon one pictured. Thanks for the help and ideas.

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  2. Can't tell shit from shineola about the green one.
  3. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,738

    jimmy six

    What's stance? Lower the front 2" and add torque thrust rims. 15" maybe a max of 16" and drive it.. Nice to see a post 60.
  4. Bird man
    Joined: Dec 28, 2009
    Posts: 562

    Bird man
    from Milwaukee

    That Bonnie is several inches longer than your Cat. Wheels & tires won't change that...
    Bitchin' ride though!
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  5. RustyDogg
    Joined: Oct 8, 2014
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    Green one looks like a really nice ride.
  6. Todd553
    Joined: Feb 16, 2005
    Posts: 491


    I think I've seen the green Catalina. I really like that car. I like them with the nose up slightly.
    Same stance I tried to get with my 57 Chieftain
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  7. fine29
    Joined: Sep 13, 2008
    Posts: 509

    from Des Moines

    The current stance on the green one is low right now, the wheel wells are over the tire. I’d like the wheel wells to be up about two inches more to sit about where the maroon cars are.

    Basically looking to see if there are springs someone knows of to raise it or if spacers or air shocks are my only options.

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  8. fine29
    Joined: Sep 13, 2008
    Posts: 509

    from Des Moines

    I am picking up a set of torque thrusts today but the car has more of a cruiser stance and I’d like it to have more of the stance of the maroon car pictured.

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  9. Replace those original sagging rear springs or add air shocks, or both.
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  10. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,180

    Atwater Mike

    Back in the day (1962-65) we San Jose boys used station wagon front springs in Chevrolet sedans & two door hardtops.
    Courtesy Chevrolet had a Racers Discount, parts mgr. researched specs on springs and the station wagons had different part#, and were 'taller'. (google 'Moog', some other spring companies have replacement station wagon springs same as sedans, to thin down stock...avoid them.)
    Easy enough to install, if done from the side under lower control arm. Disconnect shock and ball joint.
    Jack stand under diagonal opposite rear bumper.
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  11. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,262


    HYq2SbttQgeNAfh%02YAZQ.jpg My 60 Bubbletop. 15" Cragars. Distance from the bottom of the front fender to the ground through the wheel centers is 27". Distance of the bottom of rear quarter panel through the wheel centers to the ground is 22 1/4 inches.
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  12. Torkwrench
    Joined: Jan 28, 2005
    Posts: 2,461


    This is what I did with my 59 Chevy BelAir. I installed front and rear springs for a 64 Chevy 9 passenger station wagon, with a 409 and A.C. The spring rates for these were the stiffest that were available for any 58 - 64 Chevy.

    The fronts installed OK without any modifications. However, the rears needed a coil cut off, just to get them installed.

    Not sure what interchanges on Pontiacs, but perhaps look for springs for a big 9 passenger wagon, with A.C.

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    In the old days, just add air shocks.
  14. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
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    scrap metal 48

    Very cool car "fine29", and I like your plan too...
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  15. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,254

    Rusty O'Toole

    Camera angles can be tricky but the red car appears to have larger tires in the rear, and possibly 14in tires in front and 15 rear.

    New big n little tires and new springs in the back should give you the stance you want.
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