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Customs Lowered 1959 Chevy wagon rides super rough

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Vorhese, May 17, 2017.

  1. Vorhese
    Joined: May 26, 2004
    Posts: 766


    We have a '59 Kingswood I lowered 3", new springs, went through whole suspension, new stock length shocks, bias ply whites, Inland Empire driveshaft, etc. Pretty bouncy and it rides really damn rough. None of my other vehicles have ever been this hard. What can be done? My only thought is the stock length shocks.
  2. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 10,007

    jimmy six

    Shocks? Springs are softer? My 56 with Aerostars which has 2 rates and it does move more on a bump than stock springs but the shocks stop it from rebounding over one time. Good Luck.
  3. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,114

    from California

    just tell everyone it rides as good as I want it to look.
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  4. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    If you lowered it 3 inches with springs how did you expect it to ride? You my be bottoming out the shocks. The only way to lower a car without messing up the steering geometry is with drop spindles.
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  5. Torana68
    Joined: Jan 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,280

    from Australia

    whats the distance between suspension and bump stop rubbers?
  6. Could it be hitting the snubbers? If it's still got them. You mentioned new springs - what kind are they and are you sure they're not "stacking" on one end or the other?
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  7. BradinNC
    Joined: Mar 18, 2014
    Posts: 213


    You made quite a number of changes all at once. Hindsight being 20/20, might have been wiser to do a few at a time.
    I would look for any binding in the suspension, try swapping to another set of shocks.
  8. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,482


    What do you mean by "rides really rough"?

    I have a '59 Bel Air and I lowered it 3" with new, custom springs. It rides better than it did with the original springs. Stock shocks. It rides smooth and isn't bouncy. Every few years one of the shocks wears out and that side gets a little bouncy. I should probably get the right shocks, but this set up has been working for me for about 15 years.

    Rough ride might be those bias plys. Are they properly balanced and inflated?

    Did "went through the whole suspension" include replacing all bushings, or just inspecting them?
  9. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,482


    Did you install the front springs in front and rear in the rear? Sounds dumb, but they have different spring rates.
  10. Vorhese
    Joined: May 26, 2004
    Posts: 766


    This is the first car I've had with springs all around. All my past have had leaf on the back. None have given me these issues. Anyway, I got the springs from Ecklers. I know the springs are correct because the fronts were on back order for a while. It rides rough as in you feel -every-single-bump in the road and it feels like a pogo stick and every bounce makes a big shock through the car. It may be hitting the bump stops. I certainly wouldn't want to get rid of those would I? I'd be hitting frame instead of rubber.
  11. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,482


    I wonder if they sent you the wrong springs. My springs came from the same company that Eckler's gets theirs from.
    The pogo effect sounds like bad shocks. Hitting the bump stops sounds like the wrong springs, like wrong car, or they didn't account for added weight of a wagon, and/or the difference in engine weight if you changed engines. FWIW, I originally heated my springs to lower them and it was rougher than the stock springs, but even then I didn't have the symptoms that you describe.
  12. Vorhese
    Joined: May 26, 2004
    Posts: 766


    I spent all weekend working on it. The front lower bump stops were 1/2" from touching, I removed those. The rear, it was resting on them, I cut them down. After that the rear end dropped even lower. My driveshaft was hitting the tunnel. I had enough and took the rear springs out and cut 2 coils off the old ones and I am ever so much happier. I contacted Eckler, the 3" rear are discontinued... I wonder why? This pic shows original, too low rear, and as it sits now.
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  13. barobert
    Joined: Apr 14, 2010
    Posts: 104


    Hi, if you find out the correct shocks, I would like to know, thanks

    You have a Beautiful car, bravo
  14. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,852

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    I'll bet youre on bump stops and or bottoming out the shocks. Yank one or the other and see. Shorter travel merits shorter shocks and shorter stops
  15. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,968

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    Removing bumpstops might just let the rear/A frames hit the chassis, metal to metal. Not a good thing! I found progressive rate bump stops that you can adapt to fit your car. Originally they were for some sort of Chevy Cavalier sport model, but there are universal replacements now. I use them on all the lowered cars I build.
  16. D Picasso
    Joined: Mar 6, 2001
    Posts: 736

    D Picasso

    Yep- those clowns. Thought your problem was familiar.

    I'm working on a '59 Biscayne for a client, and dealt with Eckler's. What a slipshod outfit they are. After getting the runaround- and a dual-reservoir kit that set a new low for crappiness- I cancelled the spring order which was an easy decision as the units were back-ordered. I also invited them to jump up my butt for wasting my time and patience.

    Glad you found your way around the Eckler's problem. What I still need are P/Ns for the shorter shocks, so...if anyone has 'em, I'd be obliged.

    By the way- very cool wagon.
    Last edited: May 25, 2017
  17. El Caballo
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,913

    El Caballo

    08mylo58.jpg We cut the original springs on the '58 and used stock shocks, rides just fine.
    Last edited: May 25, 2017
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  18. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,766


    good looking wagon
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    Joined: Sep 15, 2015
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  20. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,961

    from KCMO

    My first thought after reading all these replies is to ask you to drop the air pressure in your tires and go for a little drive and see what difference it makes. These old cars change a lot with a few psi difference

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