If it sits level and the springs seem fine just remove the front coils and cut one loop off and it will drop about 2" and handle better too, cheap and if not happy with it was free and can buy aftermarket at a later date.:yes:
Both cutting and heating springs will change the spring rate. Cutting makes them stiffer and heating makes them softer. The proper way is to replace the springs with some that will allow full travel with the proper rate.
hotchkis looks like a good set so i may go the new spring route but if i cant get the funds i may heat em up but i have to get the front end down the car has good rear springs but the front looks as if its looking twords the sky
Go with the Hoctkis springs Philip posted. They are the exact same ones I have on my 78 and they put the ride height right where I wanted it. The hotchkis springs are a quality piece and you won't regret them.
I used the '70-'81 Camaro Eibach 2" lowering springs on mine. They didn't align with the grooves in my A-arms the first, second, third, or fourth tries. Plus, one end on the new springs was bent differently than the factory Nova springs. I ended up cutting a 3/8 of a coil and added a 1" aluminum spacer to get it to sit the way I wanted.
Ultimately, I'm happy with the ride height that I achieved, but the driving quality sucks. The steering is ambiguous, and while the spring rate is high, it doesn't feel "planted" like I think it should.
Disclaimer: My results are no fault of Eibach, I simply tried to adapt something, and it didn't work. For our vintage of Novas, adapting Camaro parts is a fact of life. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
Either buy new or cut them, when you heat them to collape them you lose the temper and it rides like S##t have done a few, at least if you cut them it is only the work and it will handle way better too.:yes:
Cutting one coil on stock springs is no big deal. Did not adversly affect the ride on my 72 and dropped it 2". Cost? $0 and some time on my part. Heating springs just doesnt sound like a good idea to me...
sorry i aint been on in a while we just had our baby
i would like to thank every one for their info and yes i have thought about big block to bring it down lol but the wife says no big blocks lol so have thought about it and i think i may cut em did any of ya have to use a spring compresser to get em out i know stupid question but hey worth asking
Don't need a spring compressor, just drop the bottom ball joint with a jack under it then lower the jack, just leave the jack snug only till you split the ball joint so it has room to move down then lower the jack slowly and pull spring out.