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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-03-2012, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Coil spring seat installation help

Been a while since I posted anything but I need some input for installing the rear coil spring seats I recently had time to clean up.

A little back story: When I purchased my Impala, the only thing missing was the rear coil spring seats. They had been replaced by two pieces of 2x4 blocks which I didnt know about till I started working on the rear axle. Thanks to the guys at DVAP I was able to get the seats replaced.

So now Im ready to put these bad boys on to stabilize my coil springs. What is the best way to do this? Jack up the body ahead of the rear axle with a 4x4 with the usage of a coil spring compressor? Any input is helpful.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-03-2012, 07:57 PM
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The only thing holding in the rear coils are the shock absorbers (if you use a shock extender there is a danger the rear spring could fall out going over a big bump). Unbolt the shock and support the rear end so that you can lower it out of your way (don't drop it as it could bottom out in your transmission or carrier bearing causing a geese seal failure).

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-03-2012, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Dave, I should mention the engine, transmission, everything is gutted save for the suspension at the moment. The car isnt moving over a bump if it tried.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-04-2012, 08:50 AM
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I would remove the rear axle. Install the top arms, then install the lower arms with the springs bolted to them. Then reinstall the rear axle to the arms. Dont tighten any bushings untill the weight of the car is on the rear axle.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-07-2012, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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It's a nice sunny 80 degree day and I decided to get some more work done on the car and found this as I looked at the spring seats. Lo and behold they were there afterall but atop of the blocks of wood. Any ideas why this could be done? I'm actually confused at this.
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Frame up restoration of 1967 Impala in progress
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-07-2012, 05:53 PM
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Someone wanted to raise the rear of the car with out buying new springs or air shocks.
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