1970 Chevy Nova Front Suspension - Build 'Em If You Got 'Em

Frustrated With Your Factory Clip? Build It Better

Mike Harrington Aug 24, 2007 0 Comment(s)
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Most every factory weld has to be ground down and flattened. We took our time and ground nearly all of them. It's tedious work for sure, but it's the only way to resurrect this clip.

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It's time to use the wire in the MIG welder you just bought. Every seam that was ground is re-welded making this clip stronger than it was before.

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Take a look at these welds and compare them to the factory welds. It's a night and day difference.

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"Back in black, it's a rack, been so long it's good to be back." (OK enough of the AC/DC lyrics.) Not bad looking! After the disassembly, blasting, grinding, welding, and powdercoating, we're ready to install the new suspension pieces.

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Bolting in the new tubular control arms from Global West is the easiest part of rebuilding this clip. After all, most of the hard work is out of the way. We started with the lower control arms first.

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Global West suggests using two 1/8-inch alignment shims as a starting point. Naturally, when the clip is installed on your vehicle a trip to an alignment shop should be the first order of business.

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Here's a photo with both control arms in place, high-performance coilover shocks from AFCO...

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...and Global West springs indexed and installed.

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Voila! Here's a perfect match, and a great suspension setup. The control arms and AFCO coilover shock are a winning combination. It helped to have a couple of guys stand on the clip as we compressed the spring with a floor jack in order to install the spindle back in place.

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