Straight-axle Corvettes all utilized the same basic suspension with little variations to the design. By today’s standards, the technology that comprised that design may be dated, but that doesn’t take away from the thrill and exhilaration you feel when you drive one of these examples of Corvette heritage. While they may never be on a par with a new Corvette’s handling and performance, with many suppliers like Corvette Central providing all the necessary parts to rebuild these suspensions, there is no reason you can’t get a “like-new” ride from your straight-axle. Maybe better.

Follow along as Dewey Hendricks of Dewey’s Just Vettes in Longwood, Florida, shows us how to rebuild the suspension on a ’54 Corvette.

While it’s obvious that there is still some work to be done before Dewey takes this ’54 for NCRS judging, this shows the simplicity of the suspensions on the straight-axle Corvettes. If you take your time to restore the parts correctly and pay attention to detail, your straight-axle will look perform and as well as the day it rolled out of the plant in St. Louis. Maybe even better.

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