Re: cut springs and shocks
I bought a 63 Ranchero in which the not so smart owner cut the springs down so much (2 coil+) that every time the car wnet on a driveway the car bottomed out--bang!- and was very uncomfortable to rid or drive. he lowered the rear by putting 4" spacers. The car also had so many jack-ass modifications that further made the car unpleasant. I restored the sporings-front & rear. The shocks were stock, but prohibited the car from the amount it wanted to be lowreed. The only thing he did right was to put 65 Mustang disc brakes on it. If you are intent on lowering/butchering the car, look at the Monroe website and browse through their shocks section that has the specifications of the shocks. Also, switch to the upper Mustang shock tower bracket that has the dual bolt on top instaed of the single stud mounting. Measure the cars ride height after your mods and then you can figure the amount of rebound you need before the springs bind up and the car slams on itself. The upper arms /ball joints should be replaced since you got the springs out. Check the lower arms too. Might as well replace them too. The guys recommend doing the upper arm drilling the new holes to see if that is low enough for your taste.