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i would like to lower my 66 El Camino.it has the stock coil springs in front and back.the bottom of the springs has a smaller hole that fits on the spring guide.should i cut "with a saws all" the top part of the ciols,and about how much does cutting a ciol lower an elky?


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Cutting one coil will drop the car about 2 1/4" more or less. On 64-67, you cannot cut less than or more than one coil, the spring will not seat properly in the A arm or the frame but you can cut either end, they're identical. Saws-all won't cut a spring, too hard. Use a air grinder and cut-off wheel. Many guys make a big deal about keeping the spring cool so as not to draw temper. However, cut end sees virtually no stress so if its softened a bit by the cutting operation, then it's no big deal.

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I cut new front springs on the front of my 67, put her so low it wiped out two sets of Hooker headers, but I like the look and won't change it. Look out for speed bumps!!
 

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they've been cutting springs since springs have been invented, cut directly below the end of spring ( one coil) put coil in bucket of cold water, I used a cut off air saw no elec. it lowered my front 1 3/4 inches no problems, or you can get a 2" lowered spindle kit more expensive. I have headers and deep pan, can drive anywhere. advertised lowering springs you'll end up with a higher stance, because usually your springs are worn out, and the new springs are going to be higher cause there new, even if there advertised as lower. it's a hit or miss situation.
 

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While we're on the topic of cutting springs, is there anyway i can take a coil or two outta my rear springs? My car sits WAY to high in the back and I am going to be running 17" low-pro tires, so it'll look real bad with the rear all jacked up. from what i see, it doesn't appear you can cut the rear springs on a 68-72 chevelle, because they taper in wards on both ends. could a spring shop cut them and then re-taper the ends? I have a few extra sets of rear springs that i can play around with, do you think it's worth a shot? thanks...

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Elc66, you could certainly try putting clamps on your springs. They don't cost much and, if you don't like 'em, you can toss 'em. However, expect your car to ride a bit rougher with clamps on the coils.

And I agree with prstreet. If your coil springs are original (and 30 or so years old), they're already going to be sagging quite a bit, so take that into consideration if you plan to buy new springs
 

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Thanks for all the help guys.i think i'll try having the springs cut.talk to you all later.
 

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Havoc, above asked the question I have; Can you cut a coil out of the rear springs - in my case it is a 69 El Camino.

And wouldn't you need to change the shocks out with a shorter travel to keep things from bottoming out?

John
 
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