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1967 Chevy Nova Suspension - Riding Right

Revitalizing The Suspension And Steering In A Tired Old 1967 Chevy Nova

By Jim Rizzo, Photography by Jim Rizzo

The front-mount bolts were equally frozen, but they finally capitulated. The large cup-type washer allows the spring bushing to be removed/inserted through the side while/after the spring is in place, making removal and installation much easier.

Here's a shot of the OE single-leaf spring and the three-leaf Just Suspension replacement. The new spring is engineered for a smoother ride andbetter handling.

Here you can see how the outboard front spring bushing slips through the large-diameter hole in the outer mount bracket and is expanded by the cup washer that partially protrudes through the hole-I thought that was pretty ingenious, but hey, what do I know?

The Real Deal kit also contains replacement spring insulators. Here you can see one in place on the lower spring retainer.

With the rearend buttoned up...

...and the front tie rods and sleeves installed and adjusted (by eye, anyway), it was time to check all the nuts' and bolts' tightness-a ritual I now do after every install (believe me, there's a story behind this ritual that I'll get into someday).

Once the job was completed, it was time for a break and a cold beverage. This was followed by the reinstallation of the wheels and tires and a testdrive around town. The Nova handled like a new car even though the frontend was only eyeballed-I can't imagine how well it'll ride and handle after a good alignment job! So, with actual experience under my belt, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Just Suspension kits to anyone considering an OEM-style suspension upgrade-the parts sure worked great for me.

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By Jim Rizzo
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