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yes or no on lowering the Buick

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fastlane1, Apr 17, 2013.

    Joined: Apr 27, 2007
    Posts: 613


    ^^^^what he said. 3" and wide whites
  2. BobMcD
    Joined: Jan 25, 2013
    Posts: 322


    I like it as is.
  3. rottn
    Joined: Apr 14, 2009
    Posts: 11

    from Mokena IL

    Lay sexy lady down!!!
  4. spiders web
    Joined: Jan 16, 2011
    Posts: 384

    spiders web

    Drop spindles are the best way as the handling stays factory. 2 1/2 drop and 3" blocks in rear should make it look correct!!!
  5. 64ONEOFF
    Joined: Nov 30, 2011
    Posts: 378

    from Md.

    My wife always told me.....she likes it when i go low =] drop that beast.
  6. oldwood
    Joined: Mar 13, 2010
    Posts: 910

    from arkansas

    I have the center grill piece that appears to be missing from your '57. I also have a '57 4dr parts car.
  7. dont lower it older cars look soo much better with air under them with a nice rake

    i HATE the no springs broken down frame laying on the ground look
  8. This is the difference in a firm(or even stiff) compared to a bone-jarring ride. I've had several lowered "the wrong way", but trimmed or put on smaller bump stops, plenty livable.
  9. BigFinCad
    Joined: Apr 10, 2005
    Posts: 167


    Lower and put wide whites on everything!
  10. magneto57
    Joined: Feb 20, 2012
    Posts: 125


  11. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,843


    Apparently, Buick didn't get that memo.
  12. 49styleline
    Joined: Nov 1, 2012
    Posts: 507

    from oregon

  13. Rooster619
    Joined: Jan 22, 2012
    Posts: 26

    from phoenix AZ

    WWW and drag that bumper!
  14. bobwop
    Joined: Jan 13, 2008
    Posts: 6,086


    don't drag it.

    make it look just like the vintage advertisement.

    dragging frame is lame.

    driving the crap out of your car is very cool
  15. Adam Bahm
    Joined: Nov 12, 2008
    Posts: 27

    Adam Bahm

    I think Buick's look best with the WW centered in the wheelwell.
  16. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,161


    Measure each end of car on flat surface. Snip one coil wrap (2") or a aftermarket spindle 2-3". Rear new shorter coil 2". You can load the trunk 'till its 2" lower to see the results. A forward rake looks tough on the mid fifties-up cars.
  17. ninosdad
    Joined: Aug 12, 2012
    Posts: 102


    Do not heat or cut the coils that car will be like driving a dump truck. Add drop spindles lowering springs or maybe Shockwaves if the budget allows..... nice Buford!
  18. Bobert
    Joined: Feb 21, 2005
    Posts: 820

    Member Emeritus

    Fine if you wanted your car to look like it came from the dealer. Guys were replacing wide with narrow.
  19. GearSlammer
    Joined: Feb 27, 2013
    Posts: 203


    jamco offers a front and rear lowering coil spring 3".....I haven't delt with them yet but ive read ALOT of bad posts about them on the hamb....
  20. graveyardsledder
    Joined: Oct 30, 2006
    Posts: 294


    Like everyone else says, 3 inches lower and big ole white walls.
  21. oddcraig
    Joined: Aug 14, 2011
    Posts: 87


    Hey mate. I own a 54 Special and was recommended these guys by someone when I was researching lowering mine.

    I would suggest maybe 2" would be best. Give them a call and see if they do one for the 57
  22. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,911

    need louvers ?

    I think you're just a little bit early on the death of the wide white. Looking through old magazines all of my life at this point, I would put the end of wides at about '60-'61. '57-'59 there is still lots of cars in the mags of the times proudly sporting wide whites.
  23. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,911

    need louvers ?

    Absolutely! There is a lot more to lowering a car than just clipping the springs. I am seeing plenty of "oh god don't cut the springs, it'll ride bad/be dangerous/handle poorly" on this thread. Just makes me wonder how many guys have really spent time in the specifications pages of a shock catalog or relocating a bump stop mount 2" higher. Just don't heat and drop!
  24. Sam Navarro
    Joined: Jul 16, 2009
    Posts: 758

    Sam Navarro

    My $.02

    If you like the way it looks, leave it..... If you want it lower, lower it.

    I know that might sound like I'm being rude but at the end of the day its up to you. I wanted my Chevy so low that I could not go over a beer can (no bags) so that is how low I made it. That being said there is a price to pay for riding that low. At the end of the day, you have a beautiful car & I personally think it looks great as is but if it were me........ I'd lower it.

  25. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,743

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    Lower it?
    On this forum?
    That's like going into a bar and asking " should I have a drink?"
    Lower it, not broken lower, but still drivable lower.
    Cutting coils are fine. Most 50's cars have such a soft ride, that stiffening the coils a bit makes them ride and handle much better than stock.
    Do not heat them!
  26. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,003

    Ned Ludd

    The styling of the car, with the circular rear wheel openings, presents the problem that the rear wheels really want to be centred in the openings under normal conditions. It looks like the opening centre is currently a bit higher than the axle centre, so the car needs to be lowered slightly to get to that ideal.

    On the other hand this sort of wheel opening ideally needs a tallish tyre to fill it, and that works in the opposite direction.

    The wheel placement in the above ad doesn't look bad, though. Lowering just past concentric might just be the best with the tyres you've got now.
  27. YES without a doubt on lowering and wide whites
  28. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,116

    from Alabama

    It looks great like it is.
    Why waste your money and the car on lowering.
    I know it appears that slamming is the thing to do on this forum but it is a fad just like resto-rods of the 70s, billet clad pastel colored smoothies of the 80s, big inch wheels of the 90s and patina on the ground rat stuff of the 2000s.
    The whole on the ground thing is from West Coast low-riders/Kustoms, pimp rides and mini trucks.
    Its a regional thing too, a lowered car would have been useless in the Southeast due to road conditions 60 years ago.
  29. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,599

    from Nicasio Ca

    Been wondering about this.. My heap is going to be low but still have a rake and still go over any bumpy road, speed bump or driveway without bother. Probably 4" clearance in front and more in back.
  30. Fastlane1
    Joined: May 21, 2008
    Posts: 94


    Thanks for everyones input. Time to dig in.

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