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Technical Lowering the rear not the front?

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by john W., Nov 26, 2021.

  1. john W.
    Joined: May 16, 2017
    Posts: 126

    john W.

    My new all-stock 47 Caddy has lowering blocks in the rear. Looks like 2 inches.
    Was this done by the former owner just for looks?
    This would affect the handling, right? As a former racer I would say yes.
    Why wouldn't he have lowered the front to match? Oil pan clearance?

    My car is on the left. On the right is another car at the factory ride height.
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  2. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 11,216

    jimmy six

    Ever heard of a tail dragger? Because he didn’t want too. In the early 50’s rear lowered cars were every where I lived; mid 50 and late 50’s lowered the front…..then all hell broke loose.
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  3. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,642

    1. 1940 Ford

    If your car at one time looked like the photo on the right lowering the rear was probably done in an attempt to level the ride height.
    I’ve had a few cars with blocks on the rear and never noticed any change in the handling .
    Your Caddy looks good now.
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  4. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,462

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Personal taste.
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  5. It' not about handling, it's about the look. Cool factor.
  6. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 6,237


    The one on the right just looks too high in my own opinion. Lowering the rear transfers the weight of the car to the rear making it easier to steer. It also handles better going around corners as well. Less body roll. Plus, it looks good. No need to lower the front.
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  7. john W.
    Joined: May 16, 2017
    Posts: 126

    john W.

    Ill test it soon.
    No race car in our history that I know of gained a handling advantage by being lowered only in the rear. Id like to hear more opinions.
    I agree it does look cool...
  8. Casey Riley
    Joined: Jun 27, 2018
    Posts: 541

    Casey Riley
    from Minnesota

    Is yours the outdoor picture? Or the the one in front of the garage door?
  9. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,674


    I 'd say yours has the best looking ride height. As far as handling I don't think you'll be running any gymkhanas with that car and for riding around town it will probably be just fine.
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  10. john W.
    Joined: May 16, 2017
    Posts: 126

    john W.

    I drive all my cars pretty fast despite them being luxury led sleds. I lose hubcaps with alarming frequency, so Im moving to wire wheels.
    My car is the one near the garage door.
    BY "race car" I meant non-drag cars.
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  11. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,530


    Lowering the rear makes the look sleeker, longer and period correct.
    It's part of the "cool" factor back in the day.
  12. john W.
    Joined: May 16, 2017
    Posts: 126

    john W.

    Ill lower it to the ground in the rear then...
  13. I don't know why you even ask questions.
  14. oldsman41
    Joined: Jun 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,556


    Taildragger needs a 3 inch in rear to my eye. If you don’t drag the oil pan 2 inch drop in front
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  15. chop&drop
    Joined: Oct 11, 2006
    Posts: 545


    It looks perfect to me just as it is.
  16. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,496

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    Me too!
  17. Yeah, what he said.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2021
  18. big bird
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 114

    big bird

    Like both, but I like the Left side more!
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  19. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 6,656

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Exactly :cool:
  20. 427 sleeper
    Joined: Mar 8, 2017
    Posts: 1,770

    427 sleeper

    In theory, you're 100% correct. In reality, it's a Bad Ass lookin' 47 Caddy, not a canyon carver. Drive it and enjoy it the way it was meant to be... JMHO ;)
  21. Anderson
    Joined: Jan 27, 2003
    Posts: 6,836


    I’m confused, you have a handling concern because the rear end is lowered…but you want to switch to wire wheels which will not handle as well as solid steel wheels?

    So long as the front end was properly aligned after the rear was dropped, it should not effect handling.
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  22. Because of cool. That’s why.
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  23. And jacked up in the back on a big full size car looks goofy
  24. I dislike tail draggers but yours doesn't look like one, it just looks right.
  25. And handling isn’t important for cruising
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  26. john W.
    Joined: May 16, 2017
    Posts: 126

    john W.

    I will keep it as is.
    Thanks for the tips on tail draggers.
  27. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 11,216

    jimmy six

    With all that said….I’d lower the front 3-4 and take out the rear blocks……I always got better mileage going down hill.
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  28. Mimilan
    Joined: Jun 13, 2019
    Posts: 1,165


    Don't drive it in North Carolina. They are banning the "Carolina Squat":D

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