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1965 Chevrolet Bel Air Suspension - Big Car Canyon Carver

Nailing it Down

By Arvid Svendsen, Photography by Arvid Svendsen

For initial installation, the upper trailing arm is length-ened to the exact size of the stock upper trailing arm.

The Hotchkis upper trailing arm is bolted in place using the supplied hardware.

With upper trailing arms in place, the stock lower trailing arms are removed. All mating surfaces receive a thin coat of Hotchkis supplied grease.

The Hotchkis lower trailing arms are boxed and feature a welded spring seat for easier spring installations. The use of the Polygraphite bushings are a huge improvement over the rubber bushings that beat apart after only two years of driving, about 15,000 miles.

The new lower trailing arms are installed, again using mounting hardware supplied.

After the lower trailing arms are replaced, the stock Panhard rod is removed, and the Hotchkis adjustable Panhard rod is bolted into place.

The Panhard rod adjustability enables centering the rear end in the car when altering ride height. The fit of the much "beefier" Hotchkis Panhard rod is outstanding.

By Arvid Svendsen
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