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Old 04-23-2019, 08:25 PM
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My ‘68 is an inch higher in the rear on one side. Just replaced the shocks and no difference. Is there an adjustment with the leaf spring or something I can do to level the car?
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Old 04-23-2019, 08:36 PM
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Longer bolts will lower the rear. But I would look everything over and see if the bushings are squished more on one side than the other. Possibly the rear spring worn softer on 1 side than the other. You might have enough thread on the low side to crank it up level with the high side, assuming high side is not currently too high. These cars aren't supposed to run around with the *** end up in the air like a 60's hot rod or a cat in heat
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Old 04-23-2019, 09:49 PM
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Measure height on all four corners. A high rear corner could be due to a low front corner on the opposite side.
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:06 AM
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Ha ha. No I just want it level. The rear sway bar has been replaced. You’re saying that the posts with grommets holding it in place can be adjusted?
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:15 AM
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The long bolts from the trailing arm down to the spring are (usually) threaded for a couple of inches, thread the nut on farther will raise that corner.
Stock bolts may have a cotter pin (don't remember exactly)

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Old 04-24-2019, 08:48 AM
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A friend of mine did a 180 with the spring when he had that problem on his 68. T
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Check your front springs. If changed perhaps they were not indexed correctly. If they are original, perhaps one is tired. Jerry
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Old 04-24-2019, 02:29 PM
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Check distance from bottom of frame to ground. My '71 came from the factory with the rear clip mounted crooked, one side was 1/2" higher than the other but the frame was level.
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Old 04-24-2019, 02:51 PM
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It was the front spring that caused this issue on my '70. PO had the rear spring re-arched etc but that made no difference.
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I will look into more thread available, but I may then need to then drill a new hole for the pin. I’ve also considered SS washers as spacers to elevate the side, then replace the nut in the original position. Just need to lift about 3/4”. Anything wrong with that theory?
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Old 05-02-2019, 08:32 AM
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In medical terms, your fixing a symptom, not the cause. I would do a little investigating like the others have suggested as it could affect the cars handling. If you have one weak front pring and you make an avoidance turn to the opposite side and hit the brakes, it could end poorly

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Originally Posted by Peter G View Post
I will look into more thread available, but I may then need to then drill a new hole for the pin. I’ve also considered SS washers as spacers to elevate the side, then replace the nut in the original position. Just need to lift about 3/4”. Anything wrong with that theory?
Did you check if the frame is off the same as the body as mentioned above?
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Old 05-02-2019, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by zwede View Post
Check distance from bottom of frame to ground. My '71 came from the factory with the rear clip mounted crooked, one side was 1/2" higher than the other but the frame was level.
Same with my '68. Lower on the left side.
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:17 AM
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The springs level the car. I would not attempt any adjustments because you are putting a band-aid on a spring that is getting tired. They can break & occassionaly do. FWIW my 72 is 1-1/2 inches low on left rear. I am assuming a tired rear leaf. Makes sense to me since it is on the driver's side. I'll know more upon complete frame dissasembly.
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