More meat in the rear!

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Re: More meat in the rear!

Post by Pat86004 » 24 Jan 2018, 15:59

They are out there, which is why I'm trying to raise the rear end up a bit, the fronts are quite a bit narrower....more narrow....whatever

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Re: More meat in the rear!

Post by Leroy R » 24 Jan 2018, 16:10

From the first picture it looks like there is some separation in the leaf springs too indicating they may be shot. Some new springs might give you some lift.

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Re: More meat in the rear!

Post by R Code » 24 Jan 2018, 20:32

Pat86004 wrote:
24 Jan 2018, 15:59
They are out there, which is why I'm trying to raise the rear end up a bit, the fronts are quite a bit narrower....more narrow....whatever
Wheels with the proper offset will tuck that rubber into the wheel wells more & you might not need to raise the rear.
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Re: More meat in the rear!

Post by Pat86004 » 24 Jan 2018, 21:38

They don't stick way out and look bad, (I actually think it looks good when they really fill out the wheel well) just enough that on a big bump will cause some rubbing. I'll post pictures of them when I get them on. I think it will be fine. I already talked to a 4x4 shop about maybe restoring those springs. That may happen too in the future, for now while my money is spent elsewhere, the shackles should serve the purpose well

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Re: More meat in the rear!

Post by Caleb » 25 Jan 2018, 00:14

I could be wrong but I know a guy who got a set of springs re arced and I'm not a fan. Seems like he got the ride height back but the spring has no strength left. For the price of springs I would buy new ones. Just for the record I'm running a 275/60/15 on my 69 but replaced my cracked springs first.

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Re: More meat in the rear!

Post by Pat86004 » 02 Feb 2018, 14:41

They don't stick out that far
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Re: More meat in the rear!

Post by Pat86004 » 02 Feb 2018, 14:42

Once I tear it back off and swap the shocks I'll take a picture of the whole package

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Re: More meat in the rear!

Post by Pat86004 » 02 Feb 2018, 16:19

Or I'll break a bolt, smash myself in the eye with a ratchet, and not finish the project today.....whatever works.

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Re: More meat in the rear!

Post by Pat86004 » 03 Feb 2018, 17:33

Here's the "finished" project.....except I destroyed a hub cover and need new ones.
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Re: More meat in the rear!

Post by Steve68Cougar » 04 Feb 2018, 14:55

Looks like you already got it taken care of, but just for reference, my '68 rode around for a long time on P235/60r14's on the front and P245/60r14's in the rear. I was/am using 14x7 Magnum 500 style rims off of a mid 70's Ranchero. The 235's were close to hitting the ball joints, but there were never any marks like contact was ever made. I don't recall ever having any real rubbing issues on the rear unless I had too much weight in the car, but mine has a narrower differential (57.25" out of a '59 Ranchero). When I parked the car 14 years ago it had 26x8x14 Hoosier Quick Time Pro's on it and rubbing wasn't an issue. I'm looking at probably stepping up to 15" wheels, as good 14" tires are getting harder to find.
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