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Technical Lowering a 49 Olds with alternate springs

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Dizzle76, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. Dizzle76
    Joined: Jun 7, 2019
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    Dizzle76

    Ive read on here you can get 79 el camino springs $100 a pair for a 50 Buick with tapered ends. Will these also work on a 49 Olds fastback sedan? Are there any other options besides heating them, buying lowered springs ($500) or drop spindles etc?
     
  2. Marty Strode
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    Are you talking lowering the front or the rear ? For the rear, GM intermediate 68-74 Chevelle etc, there is quite a range of spring rates available, and they are a direct bolt in with the early Olds hardware. IMG_3526.JPG
     
  3. Dizzle76
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    Dizzle76

  4. OLDSMAN
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    On my 48 Olds 98 convertible I used a rear spring from a GM intermediate.
     
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  5. dan griffin
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    Some body on the HAMB parts for sale had 2 sets of dropped spindles for Pontiac-Olds.
     
  6. Dizzle76
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    Dizzle76

    Thank u.. ill search those

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  7. I am told that the '63 thru '70 something C10 rear springs work as well. A 5" drop C10 spring will give the Olds a 3" drop. Anyone know for certain? Here's a 5" drop spring for a C10...
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    Looks to me that they will. You can get these for less than $100.00 of Ebay.
     
  8. Dizzle76
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    Dizzle76

    Thank you very much for the info. Im definitely gonna look into those. They are the same style spring.. thanks again !!

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  9. Fat Man spindles, for the front. I used airbags, in the rear, because the gas tank is so low. Good luck.
     
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  10. Hot Rods Ta Hell
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    Dropped spindles w/stock spring will give you a moderate drop w/o any loss of ride quality
    NEVER heat the springs to lower a car. It's a hack job and can ruin the spring temper.
     
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  11. 49toad
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    I used mid 70s Olds cutlass on the rear of my 49 Olds.
     
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  12. Dizzle76
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    Dizzle76

    How much drop did it give you?

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  13. 49toad
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    Not sure. Look at my avatar see for your self.
     
  14. Dizzle76
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    Dizzle76

    Gave you quite a bit.. looks good im gonna start looking into them.. what did you do for the front? Did you take the front springs off that same car as well?

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  15. Hey Phil... What did you use for the rear air bags? Something that worked with the stock trailing arms or did you 4 link it? Thanks...
     
  16. I don't remember the brand. But I used the stock spring pockets and trailing arms. I retrospect, I would have raised the gas tank a bit. My Olds was a 98. Big car.
     
  17. Thanks... I have been thinking about bagging the rear of mine since my gas tank is so low, I want to get ass end down more but I am concerned about the tank dragging. Raising the gas tank would help.
     
  18. Were they stock springs or a lowering spring? Thanks...
     

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