CHANGING WHEELBASE

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    I know it was done with the AWB cars. Simple wheelbase change is to get shorter front leaf spring segment. 1" shorter do-able on a '65 Belvedere w/o incurring any body issues or other things?
     
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    Is your intent actually to change the wheel base or is it to utilize the super stock springs? alternative front hangers are available for the shorter front segment SS springs and keep everything else proper..
     
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    If you don't use the extended front hangers with SS springs, the rear shackle angularity won't be right.
     
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    That's what I was thinking. Maybe you could get some custom springs made what are 1"-2" shorter in front AND 1"-2" longer in the back?

    Of the top of my head (I'm not an expert), maybe you could use super-stock springs (about 2" shorter in front), use the standard/stock front spring hangers, and drill some new holes in the rear frame rails 2" farther forward. Remember, I'm no expert on this, but it makes sense in my head.
     
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    I was actually thinking to buy a shorter front segment from Calvert/CalTrac system and then move the rear shackle 1" forward. I want a 1" shorter wheelbase.
     
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    How bout just drilling new mounting holes 1" or so forward for the spring pad mounts? It wouldn't be the first time that's been done and it's simple. Just make sure BOTH sides are the same. The hard part is drilling all the segments accurately....or use a mono leaf setup like the Calverts.
     
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    Sounds like a simple solution. Clearance issues with the rear tires(probably slicks)? Issues with mounting shocks to the body?
     
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    Depends on how big your tires/slicks are now. Gotta get in there and check how much room you have to play with. And shocks with rubber eyelets have lots of wiggle room.
     
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    maybe this chart will afford you the information to make a decision....

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      Moving forward 1" will mean trimming the 1/4's in the front for almost any tire bigger than probably a 28"...
      Its easily done by simply using stock spring hangers and SS Springs...
       
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      That was mentioned earlier along with the fact that you would have to address the angle of the rear hangers if the springs are moved forward.
       
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      The bearings are sealed,might give it a WD bath occasionally......

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