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Lifting up a 70 Nova

9/15/2016

In this Tech Tip, John helps to sort out some fresh suspension for a customer’s ’70 Nova.

Keeping the Nova in the air...

“I have a 1970 Nova. I have a hot 355 small block with a 700r4 transmission, power disc brakes and power steering.  The stock springs have been reworked previously to a multi leaf with 6 leaves, because I like a taller stance instead of lowered. What spring rate would you recommend and what arch?  I do drive it hard and load it with cargo sometimes. Research says it is 3300 pounds.  I was leaning towards 176# AFCO springs or Landrum Springs, possibly the 200# set.  Not sure it the true arch is too high or what rate to use to look good and perform well with 255/60/R15 drive tires. Any suggestions?  It is a street strip car and I do plan on beefing it up some more.”

  • Wyatt

Hi Wyatt, You inquired about rear springs for your Nova and expressed a desire to raise instead of lower the height of the vehicle.  Our AFCO and Landrum springs are designed primarily to be used for circle track racing but normally in a lower ride height for less body roll.  If you are 3300lbs, you could add the AFCO P/N 10620228XHD, (these are a 238# rate) or the Landrum #91721344SP (225# rate) could be an alternative. Be aware that your ride height will also change some with the heavier springs.

  • John W.

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