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« on: June 03, 2012, 06:13:01 PM »

Im looking for leaf springs for my 69 Z/28. I've heard good and bad about Eaton Springs. I also heard someone with a COPO in the Nebraska area was making them too.

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2012, 09:10:30 PM »

If you want the "correct" springs, call Bob Harris at CAMARO SPECIALTIES.

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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2012, 04:29:38 PM »

I think Heartbeat City has them
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012, 04:42:00 PM »

I talked with a guy in Nebraska earlier this year and he said he sells rear springs to both Camaro Specialties and Heartbeat City. I cant remember his name . He said he had a Hugger Orange COPO also.


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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2012, 07:32:15 PM »

 ;DNE spring source please reply as you are closer to me by far.Jeff
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2012, 12:33:14 AM »

Dosen't Eaton supply to the various dealers? Would they not be the most correct?
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2012, 05:58:29 AM »

I've heard some people were pleased with them. Some say the springs sit to high when installed.

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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2012, 07:14:04 AM »

I got a set from Heartbeat City last year. I'm curious what differences there may be between theirs and the ones sold by Camaro Specialties.

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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2012, 07:35:08 AM »

Dosen't Eaton supply to the various dealers? Would they not be the most correct?
When I checked with them on restoring original leaf springs I found their hardware not to be technically correct plus I found one of our original main plies was cracked through the center hole. If I remember correctly Eaton mentions the hardware issue up front. A good friend purchased his from Heartbeat and the only major difference I could detect from originals was the missing GMC embossed logo found on the side of many leafs. Due to that review and discussions with East Coast Muscle Cars (they knew of several cars with them) I purchased a set from Heartbeat for our 68 restoration.
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2012, 08:38:02 AM »

As Chick stated, Eaton springs are not "technically correct". They're generic replacements you can get from the various vendors for a few hundred dollars. The top picture is the Eaton springs and the lower picture is the Bob Harris springs. BIG difference.

You should note that HBC gets his springs from Bob Harris. Bob supplies several vendors with his springs. Also note that the "GMC" markings weren't on all springs. A lot of original springs have been found without that marking.

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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2012, 09:09:37 AM »

Thus the price difference. Thanks Ed. I'm happy with the springs that I bought from HBC (not knowing who made them). They sat high initially but after a month or two and a few hundred miles, it has a nice stance. Rides nice also.

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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2012, 03:58:10 AM »

Very interesting thread. How much more are the Bob Harris springs. Also i thought that the correct finish was bare metal.
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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2012, 05:26:20 AM »

I've heard some people were pleased with them. Some say the springs sit to high when installed.

Mike

This was on the EATON springs


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« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2012, 05:34:44 AM »

Very interesting thread. How much more are the Bob Harris springs. Also i thought that the correct finish was bare metal.

There about $200.00 more but as far as original looks and height there worth it.

The correct finish is a tempered bare metal look.

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« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2012, 06:46:01 AM »

I also got my springs from Bob Harris. They sit high at first installed in an incomplete car, but once the car is complete it sits fine. I put about two hundred pounds of cement block in the trunk to help settle the springs while the car was still apart. As for the finish Jerry told me to spray them with REM oil (the gun oil). It works like a charm, the springs have been in for about four years now and they still have that nice bare metal look. Hope this helps, RonM.
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