The right stance

Discussion in 'Chassis restoration' started by Jpf, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. Jpf

    Jpf Member

    Been a while since I checked in. Been busy with life and restoration(mostly life). After installing the lift, I now have the frame and all suspension components ready for reassembly. I want a slight forward rake and am considering 2” drop spindles up front and 1” lowering springs in the back. I’m also considering poly bushings. I am doing 4 wheel disc conversion regardless of other changes. Other than that I am planning a pretty much stock appearance. Has anyone installed any of these items and would you do it differently? I hate to learn everything the hard way. I plan to complete all chassis and drive train work and then tackle the body. It’s a 1970 gs 455 all original base model with posi and heavy duty suspension. Pretty much unmolested when I got it but neglected for years.

    Thanks for any advice,
    JPF
     

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  2. buick64203

    buick64203 Right wing conservative Staff Member

    Im not a fan of poly bushings. The rubber gives you better ride quality. And the polys tend to squeak like an old house door. I dig the nice ride my GS gives me

    Not sure I'd go 2". Maybe 1"? I'd rather not scrape my chassis and mufflers on speed bumps and have to take driveway ramps a certain way. From the factory they always sat a little lower in the rear.
     
  3. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    I agree 100% on the poly bushings
     
  4. Jpf

    Jpf Member

    I’ve heard that about poly and am leaning rubber. Moog parts used to be top quality, that’s what I’ve been pricing. Stance and height are really important and I won’t know how it sits until I get it back together. Hoping to get it right the first time. Don’t mind having to be careful on humps and drive ways, but don’t want to over do it either. I’ll most likely sell it when I’m done so I can start another project. Like building them more than owning them. Once their done I worry about them too much. It’s a sickness.

    Thanks
    JPF
     
  5. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    Most aftermarket springs put the rear higher in the air than stock. Stock cars were dead flat front to rear as I remember them.
     
  6. Jpf

    Jpf Member

    After restoring my 68 corvette, it sat too high for while before settling in at an acceptable height. When I got the GS it seemed to sit a little high, but I was comparing it next to the Vette. Want it as low as reasonable and keep the ride. I traded the vette for it because I wanted something more civilized. Reckon I’m getting too old for a go cart. I have considered 2” drop springs for the rear to go with the drop spindles up front . Seems like a crapshoot.

    Thanks
    JPF
     

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