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Need Help UN-lowering 55 olds

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by VintageVoltage, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. VintageVoltage
    Joined: Feb 20, 2012
    Posts: 5


    Hi guys,

    So I'm new here (did my intro :D) as well as new to the hobby. This is my 55 olds that I bought earlier this year. For the most part stock but at one time all but one of the rear leafs were removed from the springs to achieve the staring at the sky stance it has now. My fiance is helping me make this a mild custom, and we've been trying to track down new or used 55 olds leaf springs to add back to the pack. So far this has proved a major challenge. What I want to do is just un-do that lowering and raise it back up to achieve a better ride and stance. So is there maybe another vehicle or leaf set up that would work under this car? Or another alternative altogether to bring it back to stock height or close? (no bags)

    Any help is appreciated. Thanks:p!

  2. young'n'poor
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,280

    from Anoka. MN

    I would contact Detroit eaton springs and have them custom make you some new springs. That way you get the ride height you want and they can also match up shocks for you.
  3. batt69nova
    Joined: Nov 4, 2009
    Posts: 225

    from OR

  4. Ole don
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 2,915

    Ole don

    Remove the rear springs and take them to a reputable spring shop for rebuilding. They should come in less than a hundred bucks each including new bushings for each end.

  5. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 5,641


    All but ONE one of the leaves removed? That must be a joy to drive. What are some people thinking!?
  6. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,455


    That's the problem these days...most simply don't think...!!!

    VintVolt...most stuff those years interchange...find a junker and have them removed...

    Last edited: Mar 7, 2012
  7. 48 Chubby
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,014

    48 Chubby
    Member Emeritus

    I'm a cheapskate. Measure the width of the springs, side to side. Should be like 1 1/2 or 2 inches. With tape measure in hand go to a Pick-A-Part and start measuring GM springs. Cars, pick ups, what ever. Can't find GM's? Try Mopar and Ford. Buy two complete leaf springs take them apart and take what you have apart. Add, subtract as needed to get what you want for height and ride quality. May take a try or two, and you may need to drill the center bolt hole out a bit. But leaf springs ain't complicated. You can't do any thing to make it worse than it looks now.
  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,704


    hollander says 51-60 olds all use the same rear spring. It does not interchange with buicks or pontiacs, though.
  9. chappys4life
    Joined: Sep 10, 2008
    Posts: 460

    from Austin, TX

    Have you looked in your yellow pages for a spring shop? If you take the original down they could probably fab up a new set.
  10. No_Respect
    Joined: Jul 27, 2005
    Posts: 1,170

    from So-Cal

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