Finally got my Hotchkis Springs for the Chevelle.

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  1. ACLdestroyer

    ACLdestroyer OT Supporter

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    Well they just Showed up today. So I wander out there and take a look to see how difficult it will be and I cant decide how this should go. Its a 1968 Chevelle SS396. Do I have to unbolt the upper or lower control arm (both?) to get the front Coils springs out?

    Any advice will be appreciated.
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    There has to be at least ONE or TWO Chevrolet A-body experts in this "American Muscle" Forum. Come on, Speak up. Who has done Suspension work on a 65-72 Chevelle?

    Help please.

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  3. flynfrog

    flynfrog Cool isnt Cheap

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    full size pic of your afatar and i have no idea how to get yotu springs out
     
  4. 67olds442

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    did the springs on my 67 442 (also GM A body). All you have to do is make it so that the A arm can move to the bottom of it travel and there then should be enough room to get the spring out. Didn't use a spring compressor, but did secure the spring incase it felt like jumping out.

    You might head over to chevelles.com and ask them i've only done it once and i'm sure thier are people over there that have done it 100's of times.
     
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    With a jack supporting the lower a-arm and jackstands holding the car up on the frame, unbolt the lower balljoint nut and use a balljoint fork to seperate the spindle from the a-arm. Once seperated, slowly let the jack down. The spring will extend to it's fullest and will fall out on to the floor.

    To put the new spring in, simply place it in the space the old one came from and jack it up while lining up the balljoint to the spindle. Run the bolt down onto the spindle, install new cotter pin, and off to the other side.

    I've done several S-10s and G-bodys this way, as well as a Dodge truck.

    Be sure to let the jack down easy and don't try to pull the spring out until it is out of travel. Otherwise you will find yourself minus some digits if you manage to force it out.

    Edit-Like stated above, secure the spring before letting the jack down, incase it wants to jump out. Also-Drive it to the alignment shop when you finish.
     
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  7. ACLdestroyer

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    Awesome, Thanks.
     
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    No problem, just make sure you have the front of the car up in the air with the wheels off, on jackstands, on the frame, and room for the lower a-arm to travel down a good ways before you put the floor jack under the a-arm.

    Post pics when done please.
    Nothing beats proper ride height and wheelgap.
     
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    appreciated. :bigthumb:
     
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    Ok so now I finished the install and the Damn front end is like 1-2 inches higher than the rear! WTF?

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    BEFORE

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    AFTER.........Ready for Blast off!

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