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Old 15 Dec 2017, 11:53 am
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Paul, I not going to anything to raise up the car. That's for sure. I think you
and Joel will think this could be interesting . I need to call it a night. We got
home late and i need to do some running around first thing tomorrow and i
can`t be late.
DOUG
What I was saying is that the aftermarket (preloaded) built up struts always make the car sit higher. I put a set of those on the front of my daughters Neon and looked and said THAT LOOKS LIKE HELL. Monroe (the makers of the struts) said it will settle in time... yeah right.. WRONG. I pulled them back off and swapped her original front springs onto the new strut parts and all was good.
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Old 15 Dec 2017, 11:35 pm
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Thanks Paul. Your advice is always helpful. You know a lot more than most
when it comes to the PT Cruiser. We are lucky to have you in the club.
The other night ,I was getting ready to turn everything off, when Dave came
in the garage. A lot of people call him Whitey because he has always had
white hair and he keeps it spiked because he wears a welders helmet every
day at work. Anyways, I asked how low can I drop this car. He pulled out a
tape measure tape and checked out the under side. You really can`t drop
this to the ground and keep it safe for the street. Safety always has to come
first. It would take a lot work and time to do this. But it could be done.
I ask Dave to look under the hood. He said, wait a minute. This Cruiser is
way to nice to change everything. What are thinking ? There is a PT Cruiser
I am not sure of the year, a couple of blocks a way and it is a convert like
mine but the engine is bad and the manual trans is also bad. The top has
got a few bad tears. JUST SAYIN RAT ROD ? Dave just smiled ?
Tomorrow. I will finish up the story. DOUG
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Old 16 Dec 2017, 08:56 pm
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We got a good look at the Cruiser today. Ruth liked the color, same color as Darrins. But it was worse than I thought. The wheels were bad. The top was
wasted. Radio was gone and the wires were everywhere. A lot of engine parts
were all so missing. Dave said, ya there is a lot wrong with it. But the poss-
ibilitys are end less on these cars. You may never get your money back out
of it. One big problem is getting it safe to drive again. Rebuild the motor and
add some goodies or replace it with something else is going to be costly.
Depending on which way you decide to go. Have to built a new frame , Rear
end . Make a new floor board. The engines that are in these can be made to
run really good . If you go that way, you can save money and a lot of time.
Dave is use to working on vets and pro mods. He is always busy. He going
to ask Mike, his boss. About it . Maybe I should let it go. I can`t do anything
until they give me price.
DOUG
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Old 16 Dec 2017, 09:16 pm
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I have no idea what you're thinking of doing, but from the sound of it it may just be easier to buy an early viper and throw a PT body on top of it! Also, it might be cheaper!
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Old 16 Dec 2017, 11:09 pm
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Darrin, Ruth said the problem is, I am not thinking! I said, That's not true,
I am thinking out of the box. Maybe, to far out of the box. We both laughed
at your post. I needed that. Maybe, I will just do what Paul said, Put on
some new shocks and struts and call it a day.
DOUG
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Old 17 Dec 2017, 01:12 pm
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Darrin, Ruth said the problem is, I am not thinking! I said, That's not true,
I am thinking out of the box. Maybe, to far out of the box. We both laughed
at your post. I needed that. Maybe, I will just do what Paul said, Put on
some new shocks and struts and call it a day.
DOUG
I don't know how many miles you have on your convert but figure struts last NO MORE than 60,000 miles. The discs and fine wound dampening springs for the internal valves wear out, oil wears, and the Teflon ring on the piston wears away causing bleed by. You could go lowering springs from TEIN ... had them on my red 02.... looked real cool but the ride was a bit rougher. I am looking to lower and level the rear only on my 08. Rear end sits 1 inch higher than the front.

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Old 17 Dec 2017, 10:50 pm
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Thanks For That Info. What I would really like to do is lower mine two inches
front and back and keep it level and yet have a fairly smooth ride. Did your
wife think it was a ruff ride ? We drive are Cruisers, not like some clubs.
That's half of the fun. Good music and a good ride means a lot to everyone
in this club. Thanks again!
I can`t wait for spring!
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Old 18 Dec 2017, 12:18 am
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Doug, have you spoken with Joel as to how his car rides? I looked at the photos of the fall run we did and I think his PT is about two inches lower than stock.

When I was young I used to race cars, high speed rally's, of course our cars were lowered. A lowered car might look cool, but, it's main function is to reduce body roll and increase cornering characteristics.

In my forties I had my vette and it was lowered slightly, I wanted a car that handled a bit better than your average Corvette, however, when I came back to Michigan the very first pothole I hit tore off a quarter of my front air dam.

As Paul has said the trade off for the better handling is a harsher ride. If I'm reading what your friend wants to do to the junker down the street correctly. . . you don't want that!!

If you want to lower your car go for a ride with Joel first and if you think you can live with it get a kit as Paul suggested.

Just my $0.02.
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Old 18 Dec 2017, 07:10 am
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Doug, have you spoken with Joel as to how his car rides? I looked at the photos of the fall run we did and I think his PT is about two inches lower than stock.

When I was young I used to race cars, high speed rally's, of course our cars were lowered. A lowered car might look cool, but, it's main function is to reduce body roll and increase cornering characteristics.

In my forties I had my vette and it was lowered slightly, I wanted a car that handled a bit better than your average Corvette, however, when I came back to Michigan the very first pothole I hit tore off a quarter of my front air dam.

As Paul has said the trade off for the better handling is a harsher ride. If I'm reading what your friend wants to do to the junker down the street correctly. . . you don't want that!!

If you want to lower your car go for a ride with Joel first and if you think you can live with it get a kit as Paul suggested.

Just my $0.02.
Joel bought my old Tein lowered springs.
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Old 18 Dec 2017, 09:00 am
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Just progressive coiled springs. . . hmmm! What kind of ride were you getting? How did the struts and shocks hold up to the constant compression?
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