63 Wildcat - uneven ride height

Discussion in 'The whoa and the sway.' started by roadrunnernz, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. roadrunnernz

    roadrunnernz Gold Level Contributor

    I suspect I have a dud spring in the rear BUT all that stuff has been replaced with new over the past few years.
    New springs, new shocks, new bushes, NEW.

    I noticed it a month back and thought it was a chopped out bush at first, which it DID have. Ok, replaced all those, hmmm still uneven. Duh, hadn't lined the springs up properly. Fixed that, better but not perfect. Then I took it to work yesterday to do some welding on the exhaust. Put a truck jack under the diff to lift in onto platforms. Hey - that don't look right. I expected it to lift fairly even but the left hand side was up way higher than the right. Got it home and remeasured, now it's worse than when I started, about 1 1/4" lower in the left rear. A little history. I replaced the rear springs about 4 years ago with some units shipped from a supplier in NJ, drove 1500 miles and then stored the car for 3 years with a lot of spare parts in the boot waiting to ship it home to New Zealand. When I had them out a couple weeks back they sat side-by-side and were identical when unloaded.
    Would that have flogged out ONE new rear spring? Any suggestions? Comments please. It is not an easy fix even if I was in the USA.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2017
  2. gstewart

    gstewart Well-Known Member

    to see if u have a dud spring, swap the springs left side to right side, right side to left side.
    if there is no change, then look for worn out body bushings or even a bent or weakened frame.
  3. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    Left front spring sagging??? Would be down on left front which would raise right rear & left rear would be lower.
  4. roadrunnernz

    roadrunnernz Gold Level Contributor

    Thanks Tom, thought of that. I jacked up the front left, made no difference. It almost seems that the left rear spring has lost some of its temper, is that the right term?
    When I can be bothered looking at the damn thing I'll put it up on stands AGAIN and measure the loaded springs to ensure the problem is there. Not that anything else seems out of place. Phew. Exhausting.

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