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Offline Trouble

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front end alignment
« on: March 02, 2022, 04:06:53 PM »
Hi can anybody recommend a place to get front end alignment on 66 fleetwood,in Melbourne?  :fingerx: thank you for any info

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Re: front end alignment
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2022, 09:42:12 PM »
I am in Lindisfarne, Tasmania, and as you would be aware, I cannot assist you in this question, BUT, whoever you use, if you are running Radial Tyres, don't let the place use the Factory figures as gospel.

Radials use different measurements to Cross Ply tyres, in as much as Toe-in should be something like -1/8" to -1/16", and castor angles should be different.   Having said that, a good "old-fashioned" shop with older operators should know what is required.

Contact Peter Ratcliffe.   And mention my name.   He might be able to assist.

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Re: front end alignment
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2022, 01:54:14 PM »
thank you Bruce,,,, i have asked a few guys in my area and they are not interested, had the same problem with my lincoln's,  don't know why they are just Big fords underneath, anyway mate thank's

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Re: front end alignment
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2022, 02:37:55 PM »
Give Irwin Sinclair a ring.

Are you a CLC Member?   Irwin is in the Membership Directory.

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Re: front end alignment
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2022, 06:53:09 AM »
hi Bruce  no not a member yet mate,not sure if i will keep this car i just bought it as a project

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Re: front end alignment
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2022, 04:56:33 PM »
just wondering about how correct camber is reached? do you have to "crack" ball joint nut and free ball joint to adjust eccentric? i have for fun made a thin spanner to fit, i'm sure someone will have an idea on the forum,  Bruce ? the car pulled heavily to L,H,S,and had a spare tyre badly worn to steel in boot when i got the car,the front control arm bushes where bad! the lower ones more worn, i think the front may have been adjusted to the worn bushes at some time,open to comments,Anyway sway bar link kit, bushes and tie rod ends done shockers soon car still pulls bad,just hope when alignment is done all will be good,i say honestly out of all the american cars i have bought back to life this has tested me to the limit,i'm old i do all work under car laying on the ground,But all said and done its a good feeling to save them and to see them getting used, cheers

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Re: front end alignment
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2022, 05:08:57 PM »
I don't have a shop manual for the '66, so I am sorry that I cannot assist in the adjusting requirements for these years.   Usually it is just shims at the back of the upper control arm.

These cars were pretty basic back then.

The Front Wheel Drive cars do it differently.

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Re: front end alignment
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2022, 05:14:38 PM »
thanks Bruce