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1970 Chevy Chevelle - Cheap Street Chevelle: Suspension Kit

How To Install A Low-Buck Front Suspension Kit On A Street Machine

Photography by Ed Taylor

Project Cheap Street Chevelle has come a long way since its rusting hulk was purchased from a guy living out in the hot California desert. When Car Craft took over ownership, the Chevelle barely ran, looked horrible and didn't even roll that well. Since then, the car has undergone a slew of low-buck upgrades, including being fortified with a new drivetrain (including an engine, trans, converter and rear gears). It has also received a host of visual upgrades, such as fresh paint and bodywork complemented by trim parts from Original Parts Group.

With all of the upgrades that have been done over the last year, the Chevelle has become a lot more driveable and much quicker in the quarter-mile. A few issues ago, we upgraded the wheelhop-prone stock rear suspension with new heavy-duty components from Hotchkis Performance, but the front suspension was completely worn out and in need of replacement. To follow along with the theme of project Cheap Street Chevelle, we scouted around to find a new front end kit that included everything for a complete upgrade but didn't cost a lot of money.

For Cheap Street Chevelle we opted for a Super Front End Kit from Performance Suspension Technology (PST). The kit contained everything needed for a complete front end rebuild and only cost $279. PST also has regular Front End Kits for $139 if you're really on a budget. If you have a few extra bucks, you can upgrade to a kit with polygraphite bushings for improved handling.

The PST kit was easy to install, but you'll need a couple of special tools (such as a ball-joint splitter and coil-spring compressor) along with a good pair of jackstands to perform the work properly. Being that the entire front end will be torn apart to replace the old, worn-out parts with the new PST components, a front end alignment will be needed after the new parts are in place.

SOURCES
Performance Suspension Technology (PST)
Box 396
Montville
NJ  07045
N/A
www.p-s-t.com/
Specialty Brake and Alignment
1301 E. Main St.
Santa Paula
CA  93060
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