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post #61 of 120 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 10, 9:24 PM Thread Starter
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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

Tim,

google around awhile on DIY front end alignment. there's a million articles and pics out there. I did my own.

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post #62 of 120 (permalink) Old Aug 14th, 10, 9:29 PM Thread Starter
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Crud, my article on DIY alignment is MIA. wonder what happened to it?

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yeah I saw you had done your own align, then no more mention of it. Oh I've been tearing google up on frt end align. That's what gave me the idea to ebay a setup was one of the writeups that came up in a google search. If I'm gonna do it, I'll own the crap to do it right as this 1 car won't be the last. I also have the drag car and a 55 too.

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I found all the pics on my photobucket acct. I need to re-write the posts.

Truth be told, caster/camber gauges and tram bars are available so cheap it hardly makes sense to use the old DIY methods.

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see this sample on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/CHEVE...Q5fCarQ5fParts

looks pretty typical of the bunch. about $100.

here's the toe-in bar or tram gauge, didn't find it on the first pass

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Longa...Q5fCarQ5fParts

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finish up tomorrow, 2am, have to be up at 6. ugh again.
I was gonna ask how long, Tom. We just thrashed on Gene (Showalter)'s '69 SS this past Sunday, did new ball joints and bushings, with cleanup, blasting, and painting, in about 15 hours. Had to fight a couple of rusted lower A-arm bolts, and the lower shock bolts had nuts on top, not the correct clip nuts. Hard to find those on a Sunday night, so we lost an hour to that fiasco. We did check the alignment with the Fastrax gauge, and set the toe-in, too. All that, and Gene made it home before midnight.

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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

Darren,

I did mine in 2 steps, had another set of control arms, blasted and painted, installed all the stuff, had it all done. Then on another day jacked the car up and did the big switcheroo. A lot of work is what it was.

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Excellent work, Tom.

I didn't see this when it was "new"; I'm glad I saw it tonight.

I'm most impressed that you showed the spacers for protecting the control arms during the bushing press operations. Most guys don't bother, and then the control arm is permanently distorted. I use polyurethane bushings, and I don't remove the steel outer shells--I just polish them and slide the new poly bushing and inner sleeve into the original shell--so no press needed.

One suggestion: I put my picklefork/air hammer away after borrowing this tool set from NAPA--p/n SER 41690. It was part of their "Loaner Tool" program. I liked it so much I bought the thing instead of returning it. It will separate tapers--ball joint, tie rod end, idler arm, etc--without damage to the rubber boots or steel/iron parts. A similar set is available from other parts stores as part of a "loaner" program. Try it, you'll like it... (It's available from many sources with other part numbers--for example,


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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

Goodbye clunk! Thanks for the step-by-step. I just finished rebuilding the front end on my 64. The pictures here helped a lot.

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nice article I've had my 71 Chevelle frontend apart for sometime now and can't remember which end of the springs go up. One end is ground sorta flat. Thanks for the help. Flager
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flat end up, blunt end in the -Arm.

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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

Hey Guys, I did this a while back with the PST kit but havent driven much. I threw on comp engineering 90/10 shocks and new Moog # 5372 front spring. I torqued everything back to spec...it seems to sit higher in the front then others cars on here with the same spring/setup....is it possible somethig is a little tight and now allowing it to squat all the way? Heres a pic of how she is sitting now...about a 4"+ gap..

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I torqued everything back to spec...it seems to sit higher in the front then others cars on here with the same spring/setup....is it possible somethig is a little tight and now allowing it to squat all the way?
Rubber bushings? Was the suspension at normal ride height when you torqued the center bolts?

If you used polyurethane bushings, it doesn't matter what position the suspension is in when the bolts are torqued, but rubber bushings will be destroyed in short order if they're torqued with the suspension drooping.

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Yes, it was down on the ground when we torqued them. They are the PST Polygraphite bushings. Everything was done to spec, coil sits in the proper position etc... Others I see have much less wheel gap...and I was hoping for less as well..
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Re: PST Front End Kit install, dialup warning

cut a coil off that spring.

sure the spring is seated properly up in the frame? It's easy to get it hooked on the locator tabs sticking down. It'll raise the car near 2". Hard to see up in there but but get a light and check it.

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