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I have a suspension question. Bought a 70’ a couple weeks ago, has a new suspension, shocks and struts. The tires installed on the front of the car are P225/70R15s. It looks to me like the car is sitting a little high in the front as compared to photos of other cars I see on the internet. The problem is, when turning the wheel all the way to the right, the left tire rubs the front of the fender well. Is it possible that the front end is sitting a little too high and not allowing the tire the proper clearance in the fender well, or do I have to large of tires on the front of the car?
 

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it sounds to me, the tires are too tall for the car.
 

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Well I did a little research and it appears the 225/70/15s were standard for the car.
 

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The car did have the front end replaced after an accident several years ago, it drives nice and straight. Doesn't pull to one side or the other. The right wheel doesn't have a clearance issue although it is close it does clear.
 

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Your Corvette is definitely higher than stock but I've seen a lot of restored C3's look identical. Here's my untouched, stock height '74: IMG_20171109_105304_hdr.jpg

No, I didn't drive it in the winter. This was taken the day I sold it in February of '83
 
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Darrint your C3 is stunning and that is a great photo as well! :cool:
 

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Looks high to me at both ends ..
 

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Darrint, we have a 78 and love it but it needs some work. Love to hear what you are doing and why?
 

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Darrint, we have a 78 and love it but it needs some work. Love to hear what you are doing and why?
Hey Bryan,

Nothing drastic yet, just bought it a couple weeks ago and trying to get it ready for next spring. Pulled out all the metal consule parts and refurbished them, just finished up reinstalling them yesterday. Came out really good. Trying to adjust the headlights but I need to replace some worn out parts. Back left brake caliper is leaking so fixing that today. Trying to figure out why the left front tire is rubbing the fender when I turn to the right. Basicly, I didnt look at it close enough when I bought it but I think I got a decent price on it so figured it would need some work. Gonna get it painted probably next winter.
 

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Very nice looking, tire sizes seem to be correct for those years. I have the same size tires on my '75. Think maybe springs and shocks are oversized?

Mine sits just right for me.


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Darrint, there are a few things that could be contributing, some more common than others. One thing I found was the frame on my '74 wasn't quite square - The right side fail was shifted about 1/2" behind the left side. This would cause the front & rear suspension to skew, causing one or more tires to rub depending on tightness of turn and suspension compression. Any competent body shop with a frame specialist should be able to check and fix this. This is probably a worst-case situation. Another possibility is someone switched to gymkhana or big block springs in front without matching in the rear. Those don't compress as readily as the standard springs, and almost always raise the nose. Another possibility is the front springs aren't seated properly in their pockets, which would have a similar effect.

One thing that bothers me is the position of the front wheel in the fender opening. In your photo, It's very much not centered, well forward of where I think it should be, especially when you compare it to the rear wheel. It looks to nearly be touching the fender while pointed straight! If it were my car, I'd have a local body shop that's familiar with C3 Corvettes look at it. The frame may need a bit of tweaking, or possibly some body-to-frame adjustment.

Please keep us updated!
 
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Thanks for the advice, I know the car was wrecked probably 20 years ago because it has a replacement front end, the guy I bought it from only had it two years and 19 months of that it was in the shop having and engine change and suspension work. He bought it from his best friend who had it for 15 years but never had any work done to it. I doubt that tire has been rubbing for twenty year, so I suspect whoever recently did the suspension work didn't adjust it right and has aggravated the problem caused by the original accident years ago. I'm hoping a Suspension adjustment can give me the clearance I need in the wheel well. I'm currently in the middle of replacing the U Joints on the half shafts. If I can get the parts, I hope to have that back together tonight. Then I will start looking into the tire issue. Thanks again, I hope the issue is not in the frame but that worries me.
Darrint, there are a few things that could be contributing, some more common than others. One thing I found was the frame on my '74 wasn't quite square - The right side fail was shifted about 1/2" behind the left side. This would cause the front & rear suspension to skew, causing one or more tires to rub depending on tightness of turn and suspension compression. Any competent body shop with a frame specialist should be able to check and fix this. This is probably a worst-case situation. Another possibility is someone switched to gymkhana or big block springs in front without matching in the rear. Those don't compress as readily as the standard springs, and almost always raise the nose. Another possibility is the front springs aren't seated properly in their pockets, which would have a similar effect.

One thing that bothers me is the position of the front wheel in the fender opening. In your photo, It's very much not centered, well forward of where I think it should be, especially when you compare it to the rear wheel. It looks to nearly be touching the fender while pointed straight! If it were my car, I'd have a local body shop that's familiar with C3 Corvettes look at it. The frame may need a bit of tweaking, or possibly some body-to-frame adjustment.

Please keep us updated!
 

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Wow, you are doing a lot of work on your C3! Good for you! As I'm a couple days late seeing your last post, I hooe you got the u-joints all replaced without issue. Its a well known issue that the outer joint replacement can possibly damage the flanges that bolt up to the wheel spindle. It takes care and a properly sized sleeve for pressing old joints out and new ones in. Poor quality workmanship can fold those flanges like a taco shell! I speak from experience....
 

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Wow, you are doing a lot of work on your C3! Good for you! As I'm a couple days late seeing your last post, I hooe you got the u-joints all replaced without issue. Its a well known issue that the outer joint replacement can possibly damage the flanges that bolt up to the wheel spindle. It takes care and a properly sized sleeve for pressing old joints out and new ones in. Poor quality workmanship can fold those flanges like a taco shell! I speak from experience....
U joints went together fine. I used the mallet technique to get them out. Ball peen hammer was just the right size to beat them out using the mallet. Trying to fix the horn right now. Realized there is no horn! That might be the problem! Gonna tackle the headlights next, they need rebuilt.
 
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