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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-29-2011, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Hi! I'm a '69 2 door owner

Hi all,

I've come on this site several times but will now have to start asking a few questions. From the messages and responses I see, it looks like a friendly group here.

Usually I've had maintenance done by a mechanic but there are some things I ought to do myself. I'm the 4th or 5th owner. The car is an L.A. car and it's a mark of originality there to have it look as is. Now it's been in Canada far a couple years & it's looking kinda ragged. Everything costs a lot more here than L.A. too, so the paint n all that is aways away. This month I'm going to have the rear springs replaced, probably with ACDelco as I'm not too happy with the Moogs. They're just a little too firm for me. Next year, I'll get the transmission rebuilt and maybe do the interior. I replaced the carpet some years ago and it's faded quite a bit. My seats need some new foam and all, too.

Anyway, thanks + talk soon.

Gary
1969 Impala Custom Coupe
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-29-2011, 08:37 AM
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Moog winds your spring is several wire diameters (the principle variable in determining ride quality), and they made the springs (along with Eaton) for your Chevrolet originally. If you want a softer ride they make a thinner diameter spring just for you. Talk to their sales engineer and he can help you choose which one you want from their catalog.

AC-Delco is like Sears, they don't actually make anything, they just resell stuff that they buy from other vendors like Moog or Eaton. Delco was founded as the Delaware Electronics company and started life supplying electric starter motors to Oldsmobile; but production ended decades ago, and is now it is just the pigeon hole that GM uses for all electrical parts that they buy.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-01-2011, 04:25 PM
 
 
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Welcome to the site glad to see that I'm not the only edmontonian working on fixing up a 69 impala
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-08-2011, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks for the info BigDave. I used to fly through the canyons between Malibu and the valley and still have a plush ride. the streets in my part of town were like glass tho. Some of streets here in Edmonton are rough and the current Moog springs make for a jarring ride - in any case I'm going to order a new set of Moog rear springs from Rock Auto and get my mechanic to put them in. btw I ride with about 28psi in the tires.

Thanks for the message Dave, keep me in mind if you hear about any Chevy events happening. If you're ever looking for parts, I got a couple parts from a guy in Tofield. He isn't cheap but he has 3 '69's
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-09-2011, 07:04 AM
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Rear springs are fairly easy to change. They are not under any stress so they are not going to fly out of the car the way the front springs do. You just unbolt the shocks and lower the rear end until the spring leaves the body; then you unbolt it from the control arm (you should drop the drive shaft to keep the front yoke from bottoming out inside the tranny).

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