I was finally able to drive the car home to wash and clean it up. I previously mentioned that it sat for 30 years without starting it. Engine sounds good and transmission is fine after a gasket and fluid. New gas tank and fuel lines. Replaced rear brakes. Next project will be the suspension. It was a rough ride driving the four miles to the house. I know the 30+ year old tires weren’t safe and didn’t help with the ride but it also felt pretty loose at a top end speed of about 35 mph. I want to keep the car as original as I can and have been considering the CJ Pony front suspension kit as well as their leaf springs. The car has 215/65/15 tires all around and Magnum 500 15x7 wheels with a lot of the chrome peeling off. Debating between chrome and alloy for the new wheels. I may go a little wider with the tires but I want the front and back to be the same size. I will probably go with off the shelf shocks. I enjoy learning from everyone’s projects and the experience and expertise of the members.
Re: "I will probably go with off the shelf shocks
." Shocks so not changed ride height, unless they are air shocks or coil over shocks. Personally I would not use either one, as those kinds of shock put a lot of pressure on the shock mounts. The shock mounts "may" be able to handle the added load, but they were not designed to do so. But, lots of folks get away with it.
The only thing shocks are designed to do is to dampen spring rebound, thereby keeping the tires on the ground while reducing/eliminating the springy effect from the suspension springs. I prefer to have my shocks dampen the spring rebound quickly and assertively, so I get heavy duty hydraulic shocks to suppress rebound very quickly.
If your ride height is too low, or the car is bottoming out on bumps, you need to replace the offending springs - which is not unusual for cars that are 50 years old or so. If it is a set of springs you need, always replace springs in pairs, front pair or rear pair (or both pairs). My Go To for springs is Eaton Detroit Spring, Inc.
Rather than pick and order your springs online, I strongly encourage you to call the sales line and get connected with a spring specialist who will ask you lots of questions (optional equipment, engine size, tire and wheel size, etc.) before making a recommendation. Their phone # is: (313) 963-3839