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Hot Rods cutting front springs 1956 chevy?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ozzies 57, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. ozzies 57
    Joined: Aug 28, 2006
    Posts: 382

    ozzies 57

    O.K. folks, please save all the judging, advice, and other options. in fact i know all of that. I just want to cut the front springs on my 1956 chevy wagon for a year or so until I can afford the suspension I want to purchase. so stock V8 motor, front springs on a 56. how low will cutting each coil get me. I want to be lowered but not too low. like I said it is only for a while.
    If I remember right it is one inch per coil, but I figured I'd check
  2. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 7,158

    from Idaho

    1 coil is 3'' and 2 is just right … cut half the rubber off the bump stops & drive it like a lowered car ...
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  3. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 23,086

    Staff Member

    there really isn't a cut and dry formula for that. The first round is wrapped closer than the rest so it will sit in the pocket better. cutting just the first coil doesn't get much, but the second coil gets a bunch. If I were you I would cut 1 1/2 coils and see how it sits. If you cut off the snubber make sure to reshape the top of it so it will give a soft hit...
  4. texasred
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 1,131

    from Houston

    Start with one coil, drive it see how you like it.. and what 302GMC said cut the bump stops
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  5. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 7,137

    Special Ed

    Mark's correct ... a coil and a half.
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  6. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 50,964


    cut one coil, maybe one and a quarter, drive it for a month...then cut 1/4 coil at a time after that, but repeat the driving for a month process.

    Or cut a bunch off to start with, and be prepared to buy new springs, because you went too far.
  7. 50 customcoupe
    Joined: May 8, 2011
    Posts: 412

    50 customcoupe

    What Squirrel said. The springs have to settle after each cut
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  8. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 5,490

    from Berry, AL

    Did that one time on a F100. Son wanted it low, so he cut off 1 coil, not low enough. He had me cut off 2 more coils.......too much! Sat it down off the jack stands and the springs fell out of the pockets....oops! Too short! New spring time!
  9. I was going to cut 2 coils but decided that I would try one coil first to see how I liked it. It lowered it 2", just right for me. So every setup is different and all coils are not the same. Remember, you can't put the metal back on the coil if you over do it.
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  10. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 28,628

    Jalopy Joker

    short & sweet, just apply heat
  11. ... and watch it drop like a rock... oooppps... done that before. Took one coil out of my Ford from the OG springs. I may give it another 1/2 in the spring since my offshore ball joint boots have shit the bed on me. Then I have to align it again most likely.
  12. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 5,479


    One coil. Shop truck so not too low.

  13. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,965


    Do 1 coil at a time. More work now, but sneak up on it. Send Pics!!
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  14. Gizzy
    Joined: Jan 20, 2008
    Posts: 722

    from N.W,Ohio

    If you fu@k up & cut too much I got a set of coils from my old 64' you can have
  15. Baumi
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,869


    My 55 has 2 coils cut and dearched rear springs ( and a trunk full of stuff for our trip to Croatia last June)
  16. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,563

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    Love that 56!:cool: Ive also been pushing SOS pads lately so a little action on that bumper guard there wouldnt hurt:D
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  17. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 2,363


    Figure out how much you want to cut then cut half of it, it will be perfect..
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  18. Throw a spacer up top if the spring is too short.
  19. This is my '59 with Aerostar springs, too low with 15" tires. Then went with the stock ones less 1 coil, a lot better.
    42-011.JPG tiki king 2018.jpg
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  20. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,432

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Since you're going through all the labor of removing and replacing the springs to cut them, why not toss in a set of new lowering springs? They come in 1" and 2" drop for about $90. I'm assuming your future plans will be lowering springs and spindles? If so, spend the spring money now and enjoy a good ride (over cut and stiffened 60 year old springs) for a year or so, while you save for a full suspension rebuild/upgrade.

    If you cut your original springs, don't be lazy and heat with a torch, you'll take a chance of losing the temper in the springs.
    Use a cut off wheel or hacksaw. I've done them with a hacksaw and a good blade in under a minute.
  21. Pete Eastwood
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 1,108

    Pete Eastwood
    from california

    Do this . . .
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  22. downlojoe33
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  23. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,695

    Member Emeritus

    That 59 is fine, and I'm a Chevrolet guy!!!!!
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