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I used almost the exact same tire/wheel combo that Scott (sporty4680) put on his 1970. Wheels are Foose Legends and the tires are Toyo Proxes 4's. Up front I put 17X7 with 4.25" backspace 235/45R17. The rears are 17x8 with 5.25" backspace 245/45R17.

The fronts fit like a dream and actually turn easier than the stock wheels I had on there. I beleive I could lower the front a little. The rears don't come any where close to the fender lip. They do how ever come a little close to the inner fender well. I don't think I would want to try and lower the rear and may have a problem with passengers riding in the rear. The seller of the wheels tried to talk me into 4.25 bs for the rears. I am glad I listened to you guys.
 

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I agree one inch should do the trick. I currently have the original 6 cylinder coil springs. I have been searching but I so far I have only been able to find 1.5 to 2 inch drop springs. No one inch drop springs? Also I am not sure if they mean drop from stock V-springs or what I have?
 

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I agree one inch should do the trick. I currently have the original 6 cylinder coil springs. I have been searching but I so far I have only been able to find 1.5 to 2 inch drop springs. No one inch drop springs? Also I am not sure if they mean drop from stock V-springs or what I have?
Do you have a V-8 swap, or are you still running the 6?

The 2" drop springs are the best option, IMO, since your springs are more than likely sagging after 40 years.

*EDIT* duh, helps to look at your avatar. Looks like a V-8! Definately the 2" drop springs - it will help you corner better as the spring wire diameter is MUCH beefier than the 6 cylinder spring.

Do you have a front sway bar? Many of the 6 cylinder cars did not have one.
 

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No it does not have any sway bars.
 

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No it does not have any sway bars.
I highly advise you get a front sway bar. Hotchkis makes some really nice drop springs and sway bars - they are what I have. :D :yes:

You will be amazed at how well the car handles with the drop springs and sway bar. Add some good quality shocks, and your Nova will drive like a new car. :cool:
 

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We had it done at the local custom muffler shop. We just told them what we wanted and they did a great job.

I looked at your build page and that is quite impressive. How did your car sit with the 2 inch drop? I don't want to get it too low in the front.
 

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I looked at your build page and that is quite impressive. How did your car sit with the 2 inch drop? I don't want to get it too low in the front.
My Nova sits just about level, with about an inch worth of rake from front to rear. I have 1.5" drop leaf springs in the rear, and the 2" drop springs in the front.

If you change from your 6 cyl. springs to 2" drop Hotchkis, my guess would be that you would actually see only 1/2 or 1" drop. I say this due to the extra weight of the V-8 you have in there right now on the 6 cyl. springs.

Thanks for the exhaust pic!
 

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is this on a stock suspension? or are there any modifications because this is the stance i was going to go for on my nova :) love the car.
 

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Hey 69LT1Nova...

Thought you may want to see another "exhaust exit" from another LT1 Nova..
Custom exhaust. You can see the headers are too low, going to change to "shortys" when the $ is there.

(please excuse the mess,, it's been cleaned since that pic)
 

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Hey 69LT1Nova...

Thought you may want to see another "exhaust exit" from another LT1 Nova..
Custom exhaust. You can see the headers are too low, going to change to "shortys" when the $ is there.

(please excuse the mess,, it's been cleaned since that pic)
Yeah, um... 'cause that's so dirty... :no: LOL!

I know all about low hanging headers and got the 3/4 length Headmans. Perfect for lowered cars. :yes: Now I just need to take it to a shop and have them bend me up a set of pipes. Yay. There goes $450... :rolleyes: :(
 

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is this on a stock suspension? or are there any modifications because this is the stance i was going to go for on my nova :) love the car.
Bone stock original suspension (28K documented miles). It was orginally a 6 cylinder car but now sports a V-8 with a/c.
 

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Bone stock original suspension (28K documented miles). It was orginally a 6 cylinder car but now sports a V-8 with a/c.
If you want to help the rear, use 73-74 shackles, they have radiuses and deflect less then 68-72 shackles.

Nice looking car too!:yes:
 

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You can see the headers are too low, going to change to "shortys" when the $ is there.
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The headers on BLYOTH's 68 were made by a company called "Patriot." They turn back towards the firewall and provide lots of clearance. They came from Parr in OK City.
 
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