1965 Chevrolet Bel Air Suspension - Big Car Canyon Carver

Nailing it Down

Arvid Svendsen Sep 1, 2006 0 Comment(s)
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Moving to the new rear sway bar, new Hotchkis U-bolts are installed loosely on the housing inboard of the lower trailing brackets.

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Antiseize lubricant is supplied for the stainless U-bolts.

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With both U-bolts in place, the rear sway bar is fit into position and centered under the differential.

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The Hotchkis sway bar is assembled with the supplied "dog bone" end links. Assembly involves first attaching the "dog bone" end links to the sway bar, and then the mounting brackets to the "dog bone" end links. The sway bar is rotated upward so the brackets are resting on the frame. The brackets holes are marked to the frame, and then drilled (two holes per side).

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The mounting brackets must then be detached from the "dog bone" end links. Mounting bolts are dropped down through the frame to mate to the mounting brackets. The "dog bone" end links are then bolted to the mounting bracket on the frame.

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Car is down on the ground, and is currently having the drivetrain tweaked. With parts in hand, Webster proceeded to install the suspension kit with the help of his son, Keith, in his two-car garage. Caprice, Impala, Bel Air, and Biscayne owners can now make their cars handle, in the owner's words, "like a good Camaro". Total time for two guys taking their time, including a trip to the tool store for a wrench, came to nine hours. Though the steelies look great on the Bel Air, better suspension only reaches its greatest potential with a modern wheel/tire combination. Boyd Coddington Junk Yard Dogs got the nod, 17x7s in the front, 17x8s in the rear. To nail the stance, the big-block front springs were removed and one full coil cut, effectively dropping the front of the car about 2 inches.

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