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Discussion Starter · #841 ·
@RifRaf the good / bad news is that the leaf spring pockets I purchased were used so unless they shipped me a mismatched pair, we should be able to rule that out.

At this point I’m thinking that either the ground in the garage is really weird, I mean this house dates back to 1780 and the carriage barn is from the late 1800’s. It could be as Dave / @xxdabroxx mentioned that the front suspension isn’t on point or one of the front tires is sitting higher or on ground that isn’t level.

If i’m trying to be optimistic, I do not see any damage or rot to the extent that I would expect any sort of twist in the body…it doesn’t mean it’s not there but a little bit of twist in the shell would do this and even a little at the source would be exacerbated over the length of the body along wherever that torque was applied to where I might be seeing an inch or more of difference on one side versus the other. It’s really not the end of the world for me either way I just need to figure out how to work around it and get my measurements.
 

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@sudden_impulse I don’t recall to be honest with you. I guess it’s worth looking at. I want to say that I torqued them to spec with them at full articulation if I’m remembering right. With the coil overs, I’m pretty confident I have them dialed in pretty closely matching which was…crap now you’ve got me trying to remember whether she leaned to the passenger side BEFORE I touched the front suspension. Crap it’s really hard to remember because I didn’t drive her long before tearing into her…you’re probably onto something here. Guess it could be possible too that a coil isn’t sitting in the pocket right or something. I’m going to run a few measurements on the front now too.
 

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If your front control arms have plastic bushings instead of rubber where and when you torque them doesn't matter as much.

Raising the front left will add weight to the right rear dropping that corner some. You can think of it like driving over a board or going up a drive approach at an angle as your first tire hits the high spot it tilts up and back opposite. Another way to test this would be to put something like a book or a piece of plywood under the tire. You're doing essentially the same thing as making a spring adjustment.

The change you can make in rear ride height will probably be pretty slim but it may change it some.
 

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Thank you gentlemen. Hoping to look at this today / tomorrow. It could easily be that where the ground is in the garage for the front wheels that it’s throwing everything off also. Really just want to get this measured for shocks and put this thing to bed!

Thank you all for seeing me through being a moron. I was watching pawn stars and some guy came in trying to sell something and Rick goes…I’ve got a little knowledge which is bad…that’s where I am. I don’t know or understand this stuff at the level that many of you do and I’m truly grateful that you take the time to read my BS and reply with suggestions and help. It’s really a nice thing because you don’t have to do it…so I want you all to know that I appreciate your part in my Nova journey.
 

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Discussion Starter · #847 · (Edited)
Stumbled upon a video by SS396RAT where he had three different sets of shocks lined up. Two pairs of Calvert Racing shocks and a pair of KYB's. According to him, the stock height shocks when relocated are equal to 62-67 Chevy II / Nova's. His car had a 1.5" drop and he swapped to a pair that run in 1981-2001 Camaros. Another note: The performance online kit has the shocks in front of the axle, however; SS396RAT flipped his crossbar to put the shocks behind the axle. I can't imagine that this would change much honestly and I did it the same way as him but this is for anyone else who runs the POL / Performance Online shock relocation kit.

Stock Height = 62-67 Chevy II Nova. Calvert Part CR42133
1.5" Drop = 1981-2001 Chevy Camaro Calvert Part CR42123

now I can't find the stupid video again.

note: shocks ordered. Went Viking double adjustable.
 

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Discussion Starter · #848 · (Edited)
September 22nd,

First off, beware of ebay listings by Classic Performance Parts (CPP). I put in an order and the ship date was in November because they don’t actually have the stuff in stock they are just reselling.
I asked for a cancellation and I’m getting jerked around.

I called viking direct and ordered a set of their crusader shocks. The dude I spoke with at Vi-king blew my mind with all of the knowledge he had in his head. Guess I have a ton to learn if I'm trying to play this game.
 
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