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Old 20th-April-2010, 12:21 AM   #1
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1965 front end alignment specs question

I have spent about an hour searching this site for something I'm sure I've seen here... I want to get an alignment done on my 65 since I have removed the 427/TH350 and installed a 327 and a Muncie. It clearly sits higher and the camber is visibly off. It drove perfect with the 427 and I'd sure love to duplicate that steering now.

I went to the shop today where I plan to take it. He printed off his suggested specs.

Caster 1.0 degrees +- .5 degree

camber .50 degrees +- .5 degree

Toe in .63 degree +- .12 degree


How does this look?

Yes, I am aware of the CBR kit and want to do it at a later time......!
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Old 23rd-April-2010, 08:21 AM   #2
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I have spent about an hour searching this site for something I'm sure I've seen here... I want to get an alignment done on my 65 since I have removed the 427/TH350 and installed a 327 and a Muncie. It clearly sits higher and the camber is visibly off. It drove perfect with the 427 and I'd sure love to duplicate that steering now.

I went to the shop today where I plan to take it. He printed off his suggested specs.

Caster 1.0 degrees +- .5 degree

camber .50 degrees +- .5 degree

Toe in .63 degree +- .12 degree


How does this look?

Yes, I am aware of the CBR kit and want to do it at a later time......!
For your caster I would try to get at least +1 degree and on the camber my opinion would be no more than +.25 degrees. Your toe may be a little much as well. Or you can use his specs, drive the car and note how it drives and if it wears the tires prematurely.
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Old 23rd-April-2010, 04:53 PM   #3
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Here is what I recommend:
1.5 deg caster
0 deg camber
.2 deg total toe in
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Old 24th-April-2010, 01:06 AM   #4
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Thanks very much guys.

Hope to get it to the shop in the next couple of weeks.
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Old 6th-August-2010, 02:19 AM   #5
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Getting ready to do an alignment on my '64... also looking for advice on specs for front end.

What are the factory recommended specs, and why would we want to go a different route? What advantages are there?
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Old 6th-August-2010, 04:30 PM   #6
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Ive seen different specs for nylon or bias ply tires then radials, factory specs all that was available was bias ply.

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Here's what I use on a factory Front end,

Alignment Spec’s;

Drivers side Passenger side
Camber ˝* neg ˝* neg
Caster 1 ˝* pos 2 * pos
Toe 1/16” in 1/16” in
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I have a stock front end. I added the 3rd Gen Nova disc brakes to the front. So the track width is wider by 3/4 of inch on each side. I am running a 15 x 6 inch steel wheel with 4 inch back spacing on the front.

Question for NOGO would the specs you recommended still be good?

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I have a stock front end. I added the 3rd Gen Nova disc brakes to the front. So the track width is wider by 3/4 of inch on each side. I am running a 15 x 6 inch steel wheel with 4 inch back spacing on the front.

Question for NOGO would the specs you recommended still be good?

Bryan
Yes the same specs will work. You can bump up the caster a bit if there is enough room between your tire and fender. You can also add add .2 deg or so of caster on the right if you need to compensate for road crown.
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Thank you.

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Old 6th-February-2012, 12:37 AM   #11
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I have spent about an hour searching this site for something I'm sure I've seen here... I want to get an alignment done on my 65 since I have removed the 427/TH350 and installed a 327 and a Muncie. It clearly sits higher and the camber is visibly off. It drove perfect with the 427 and I'd sure love to duplicate that steering now.

I went to the shop today where I plan to take it. He printed off his suggested specs.

Caster 1.0 degrees +- .5 degree

camber .50 degrees +- .5 degree

Toe in .63 degree +- .12 degree


How does this look?

Yes, I am aware of the CBR kit and want to do it at a later time......!
Just to bump this up.

I never did go for an alignment as I didn't finish other stuff on the car last year. Now I installed the CBR lower control arm kit a couple of weeks ago and hope to take it in soon to get aligned.

I was not detailed enough in my initial question here last year, so here goes.

Stock street driven car, stock chassis except the CBR kit, radial tires in stock size.

Still go with the specs suggested above?
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Old 31st-May-2012, 09:58 PM   #12
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This car has been on the back burner and now finally is in the shop to get aligned tomorrow morning.

Somewhere I've seen the specs for a first gen with a CBR lower arm kit only. Can anyone help with that? I am not having much luck so far.
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i saw this on the site the other day carl.
no link tho as i printed it off.
0 camber
1/4 to 3/8 toe in,closer to 1/4 if possible
2-3 degree positive caster-closer to 3 degree for hwy driving
this was sugested for the CBR kit.
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Here's what I use on a factory Front end,

Alignment Spec’s;

Drivers side Passenger side
Camber ˝* neg ˝* neg
Caster 1 ˝* pos 2 * pos
Toe 1/16” in 1/16” in
This is out of Factory Alignment specifications.
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