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Good afternoon all! What I've got is a 1965 Rambler American 440 232cu. I bought it knowing that it was going to be a project, and I have a good set of tools. It's time to tackle the first item of business - namely the front coil springs and rear leaf springs. 1. The car is riding really low, but... 2. I'm not sure of the standard ground clearance is for my can 3. The shocks look pretty ancient 4. The rear leaf springs are pretty durn flat, i.e., not springy SO...my questions are: 1. Is there a way to tell if the F/R springs are shot? 2. Should I just go ahead and replace the coil and leaf springs? And if so, where might I find the parts? 2. If I'm going to tackle the leaf and coil springs, should I just go ahead and replace the shocks at the time? My thinking is that coil/leaf springs are just plain tired out. I've heard that I could install an air compressor and air adjusters both front and rear. Ahhhh...how 'bout no on that idea. Any and ALL input with my questions will be greatly appreciated. John C. Galleni Oakland, CA
Anybody have any experience with lever type shocks on an ollllld car? I have a 1929 Graham Page 612 and have taken my leaf springs out for refurbishment but I don't know much about the lever shock absorbers. They are a piston mounted on the frame with a lever that attaches by a cloth strap to the leafs. I assume they're oil filled? Anybody ever worked on one of these? Thanks. Geoff