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im restoring a 76 nova
i need to replace the coil springs
the car has a 250 eng in it
i eventually will put a 350 in it
so i want to use the heavier 350 springs in it
will they fit without modification or
changing the control arms
any help of info please
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The springs will interchange without modifications. The spring rate is different to compensate for weight. I am not sure the difference in weight between the 250 qnd 350 is great enough to need a different spring. You will need to have full weight on the suspension in order to change the springs, wait until the 350 is installed and then decide if the change is needed.
 

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Because the L-6 is longer, than the more compact V-8 there was more weight forward of the car's Cg than with the V-8. Even though the V-8 out weights the L-6 it has more jounce than the V-8. To compensate for the difference in dynamics the six spring is wound of a smaller gauge wire than the V-8 so it has less pounds per inch of compression, but they make the spring taller more coils per inch to compensate (it gets progressively stiffer as it is forced up in compression). This is the spring to use if you want a fast front end rise with a V-8 (for weight transfer when drag racing). Or if you want a killer (low rider) stance when using a big block.

If you swap out the spring for the future V-8 with the L-6 you will get a harsher ride until you add more weight over the nose.


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