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Time for front end work


I noticed today that my "new" front tires (3000 miles) that I put on when I bought my car have a slight bit of wear on the inside and I when I run my hand both directions on them I can feel the difference between the two directions. I know some of my original front bushings are showing their age, so I guess I know my project this winter. 

My question is, does someone have alignment specs for 66 B body with radial tires that is known to be good specs? I know I've seen some discussion on this on different forums but I need to know what specs to get this done to. From what I recall, the stock specs don't work on these B bodies with radial tires.



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If I was you I wouldnt worry about them. This way they will wear out close to the same time as the rear ones!

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We don't have any grandkids yet but I'm driving it like a grandpa already.... I think I've heard the back tires all of a half dozen times since I put the 427 in!



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I've used the stock settings on my 1970 cars with radial tires, but if I recall they put in a bit more caster. I'll double check on that though.

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seventy2plus2 wrote:

I've used the stock settings on my 1970 cars with radial tires, but if I recall they put in a bit more caster. I'll double check on that though.


Yup, it was caster.   Here's the thread:

https://canadianponcho.activeboard.com/t59904501/1965-1970-b-body-front-wheel-alignment-tip/

I have not had any problems with the alignments done on 2 of my cars after redoing all of the bushings and asking the alignment shop to follow this tip.



-- Edited by seventy2plus2 on Sunday 8th of September 2019 10:54:22 AM

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I just had mine aligned this spring. Ill try and find the sheet.

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Found it. Do Not use the Before measurements or you will be in big trouble. Lol.  I had just changed spindles and alignment was way out. 

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Thanks Clint and John. You guys are both happy with how the cars steer?

It seems to me Mark will be able to help with this as well.

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Here's the sheet from my convertible after redoing the steering, suspension & brakes.  The work order said to put in maximum caster, and you'll see it's at 2.1 & 2.2 degrees.

Wheel Alignment 2018 results.jpg

 



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just switched from bias to radial on my 68 Chevy II Carl - the alignment shop adjusted the caster to plus 3 degrees over original specs both sides and it drives great, I imagine the same principle would apply to your 66 



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Thanks, that will help.

We have a great machine at work, very new and our guy enjoys doing the alignments, but stuff like this helps.

I was talking to Beaumontguru today. We did an alignment on his 64 A body wagon a little while back and he says it drives nice. I will have to see what they did for specs on his to get an idea if they increased caster on it.

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I will be heading Rosenort way in the near future as I changed my front bushings. I used AC Delco bushings from Rock Auto in the front end and it needs an alignment real bad.



-- Edited by 68 Grande on Wednesday 11th of September 2019 05:24:42 PM



-- Edited by 68 Grande on Wednesday 11th of September 2019 05:25:32 PM

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Make sure everything is in good shape before you come out. It's always frustrating for a customer when they show up and then we can't do an alignment because a tie rod, ball joint, idler arm or whatever is so loose we can't do a good alignment until it's changed.

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