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    Posted: 13-July-2017 at 1:45PM
Where can I find a lowering Spring kit for my 74 Gran Torino?
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Unless your order custom springs from somebody like Eaton spring, you won't find one.  The easiest way to lower these cars is to select a spring with a spring rate you want for your driving style, then cut the spring to the desired height.
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I ordered my set from Eaton. The problem with the above suggestion is it's not exactly easy to cut the rear springs because both ends are tapered. Some have cut them, then heated them to bend the pigtail. But that's not something I'd try.
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Hey guys, I appreciate the responses and the help. I did also hear that it may not be the best route to go to cut and heat the springs. I'm sure I'll just end up ordering some of the springs online. Is there a close estimate as to how much these things run when getting them custom ordered for these cars? Also how can I post pics on this forum?


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Mine were about $400 shipped for the set of 4. I can post pics when I get home from vacation in a few days.
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Ok thanks for all the help I look forward to seeing your car.
Hopefully my attempt to post a photo of mine worked.
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Sorry I should have mentioned only cut the front Springs not the rear. I wouldn't recommend heating springs to alter the height. If you want rear lowering springs custom springs are your only option. There is nothing wrong with cutting front Springs if done properly. I'm fact Eaton even suggests this to "adjust" there springs.

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when you cut  the springs cut them with a 4" grinder
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Just got these wheels in. I think lowering it a couple inches or so would really make it way better looking.
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X2 on lowering Thumbs Up. Cutting the front springs ain't no big deal, even cutting the rear coil springs and re-forming the "pigtails" isn't too bad. This calculator helped me with choosing how much to cut my coils:
 http://www.pontiacracing.net/js_coil_spring_rate.htm
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That's some good info to have. Thank you sir.
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Originally posted by Andys74 Andys74 wrote:

That's some good info to have. Thank you sir.
 
You are very welcome, hopefully it will help in some way.
 
BTW, Welcome to the forum! Looks like a nice ride you have there in the posted pic.
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It's been a long time coming to get it where it is now. My dad bought it in 74 brand new and gave it to me before I could even drive. Put money into it as I could but there were so many things that came first and time went by but now it's time and it's come a long way.
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Keep "plugging" away and it will get done. Don't feel all alone with not getting your ride/project done in an expedited and/or timely fashion, I started my Ranchero's restoration in '91 and finished it in 2011 (I was pacing myself-Wink) and lets be honest they are never truly finished unless you sell them.    
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Just got these wheels in. I think lowering it a couple inches or so would really make it way better looking.
 
It looks great, I like the wheels.  Stance is a personal thing, but I think I'd just drop the front of your car a bit, and leave the rear alone.  I think these mid 70's cars look best with a bit of a rake.
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x2 on what vince said!!! i was thinking the same thing earlier
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Originally posted by Andys74 Andys74 wrote:



Just got these wheels in. I think lowering it a couple inches or so would really make it way better looking.
 
Did the car originally have the vinyl landau roof?
 
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Yes it did, got taken off. Had a lot of weather damage. Water got in and set and did some damage to the roof. Body work was done and it will be replaced soon.
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Boo Vinyl!!!!
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