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    I have installed 2" lowering blocks on rear and 2" lowering spindles on front of my stock 57 ( 6 cyl 150 2 dr sedan ) using original front and rear springs , now one side sits about 2" lower than other side. I reused old shocks which seemed fine. Any one have this problem before ? Thanks Mike

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    Is the problem in the front or the rear? Usually you can tell by how the opposite end of the car sits. It could be that your front springs aren't correctly seated in their pockets, or your rear shackles are not on correctly and one has flipped. Shocks should not make it sit lop-sided.
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    The asumption is that the springs (front) are properly seated both top and in lower control arm and that the rear springs were left as is with only the blocks being installed and no other upgrades or repairs, right?

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    To find out which end, jack up the front with a piece of pipe between the jack and front crossmember, with the pipe lengthwise centered under the crossmember. If the car still sits crooked, the problem is in the rear springs. You can try the same with the pipe and jack under the rear axle, but this is more difficult to get centered and actually learn something.

    Keep this in mind: undisturbed front springs, or springs that are matched and properly installed in the pockets as already posted, don't usually have a problem. Rear springs are prone to sag, have broken leafs, have excess friction due to the wear pads being worn, etc. So they are far more suspect.

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    Thanks for info , found front spring not seated , fixed that . Still about 1/2 inch low may be old springs sagging.

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    You're on track. The rear springs, did you remove them or just change out the U-Bolts when you placed the lowering blocks in?

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    If you took the rear springs out, you shouldn't completely tighten the shackles until the car is sitting on the ground. You might try loosening the nuts on the shackles, then bounce the car up and down a few times, and see if it levels out. Then re-tighten the nuts.
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