<VV> LM alignment

BBRT chsadek at comcast.net
Fri Feb 3 22:30:04 EST 2017

Did you loosen stabilizer bar? In case it was restricting the adjustment.

Do you have the upper control arms possibly switched side to side? 
Normally the strut rods-if you mean the brake reaction rods/castor control
arms, the bushing is centered more or less, therefore nuts are roughly
centered in the threads, front to rear.

Find someone with an old fashioned camber/castor gage that fits on end of
wheel bearing hub over or instead of grease cap, or make a big washer
extension and check the turning front to rear, etc. That would give you a
feeling that the guy is right (although I can't imagine why he wouldn't be
right). But, it gives me a good feeling with a coarser measurement for
confirmation. :>)

Let us know what the real answer is.

Chuck S

-----Original Message-----
From: VirtualVairs [mailto:virtualvairs-bounces at corvair.org] On Behalf Of
James Cuneo via VirtualVairs
Sent: Friday, February 3, 2017 9:44 PM
To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
Subject: <VV> LM alignment

For you Alignment pros,

After rebuilding front suspension with all new parts  including their hd
springs from Clarks, I took it to be aligned today. The technician called me
out to show me that the strut rod nuts were bottomed on the threads before
the desired caster angle had been achieved. Effectively he had shortened
them as far as they would go. I had requested +4 deg. The most he could get
was + 1.9 deg. I thought that he was adjusting the rod in the wrong
direction but the computer definitely showed increasing caster angle with
shortening of the rod. This is contrary to what I understand about caster
and the chassis manual as well. Also, at this caster angle he could not get
the toe close to correct, the sleeves bottomed on the tie rod ends. So, he
backed off the caster until he could get  the toe in close. The final
numbers are camber .8 deg. caster .3 deg and toe in .32 total.

Alignment rig is a Hunter brand laser digital.

Car drives straight and does not track on grooves like it did before

Steering effort is lighter than before indicating less caster.

Not sure but, I think somethings not right?

Jim C. 1965 Corsa

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