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Technical raising front end - coil springs

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by vetteson, Nov 26, 2021.

  1. vetteson
    Joined: Oct 7, 2010
    Posts: 247


    I have a Studebaker that was fitted with a "Fatman Fabrications" front clip before I bought the car. It came with two" drop spindles. I replaced them with their only option which raised the front 1 1/2". I'd like to get the front back up another 1/2". What's the best way of doing this?
  2. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 1,862

    from kansas

    1/4" spacer under the front springs.
  3. studebaker46
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 688


    I am guessing you are talking about m11 set up you buy springs according to is fatman still in bus they used to have a good tech staff. Tom
  4. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 7,544


    Wouldn’t that just get a 1/4 inch? Or does something else come into play?

    Joined: May 5, 2015
    Posts: 1,054


    Throw some weight in the trunk, if it is only for a .5 inch
  6. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 1,862

    from kansas

    No it almost doubles when placing spacers under or on top of spring. Due to location of springs position on the lower arm, it works as a pivot so to speak between the ball joint and inner frame mounting bolt so you end up almost doubling the size of the shim in actual movement at the tire.
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  7. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 10,270

    jimmy six

    Check the diameter of the springs and buy urethane spacers and install them on the top. 1/4”, 3/8, 1/2” I used them to level the front of my 56 when installing the Aerostar springs. Mine were the same as a Toyota Tacoma rear coils on one of their models. Make sure there is enough movement on the upper a-arms for the camber adjustment.
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  8. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,189


    Real late to this party but those spacers that go on top of the springs are often called "air conditioner" springs. At least they were in the 70's when the weight of the AC unit often caused the right hand front corner to sag a bit. I worked for a Pontiac dealer in Waco Tx then and did a lot of "leveling" at the time.
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  9. Mimilan
    Joined: Jun 13, 2019
    Posts: 1,005


    No , It would be closer to 1/2" because the springs are inboard [motion ratio]
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  10. Bob Lowry
    Joined: Jan 19, 2020
    Posts: 754

    Bob Lowry

    Yep, and there were different (stronger=more ride height) between small block springs and big block springs, at
    least in the Chevy lineup...
  11. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 2,594


    The only way to find out is by installing them and bouncing the car after a good 50 mile drive..

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