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Q: I’m building a 1990s Monogram Chevrolet Lumina stock car and I’m trying to figure out how to lower the car to its proper ride height. Any help would be appreciated!

-Mark Cobb
Titusville, Fla.
via mail

Ken: While we don’t have that particular model on-hand to determine the particulars of the kit, we can give you a general idea of what’s involved in this and other lowering projects.

In back, the easiest way to drop the axle is to add spacer blocks between the springs (or torsion bars) and the axle. The shocks might need to be shortened and make sure the drive shaft doesn’t hit the hump in the floor.

Up front, if the spindles are separate from the A-arms and the pins are offset from the center of the spindle, you may have to flip them to “lower” the pin. If that isn’t feasible, cut the pin from the spindle and attach it a little higher, to lower the car.

The pins you cut off probably won’t be reuseable. Make new ones using Evergreen styrene rod or a piece of suitably sized sprue from the kit.
Carefully drill a hole in the spindle at the new ride height and glue the new pin in place. Again, check for tire clearance before performing any plastic surgery.


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