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Double_v23 03-08-2009 07:25 PM

1965 Chevy II Nova Steering Problems
I bought a 65 Nova off of a guy (he is clueless) and he had put "the 5 lug conversion" on it. It has disc brakes on the front, I believe he may have taken them off of another vehicle. Here is the problem,

It needed strut bar bushings and a serious alignment. I replaced the bushings but when I went to line up the toe and camber it got kind of strange. First off, the camber is too far off to even come close with the eccentrics. Then, whenever you go forward and hit the brakes the car takes a dive and the tires toe out to a ridiculous angle. Go in reverse the front end rises up and the tires toe-in to the same angle. No matter what I do I can't get the wheels centered in the wheel wells.

One problem that I found is that the spindles are marked LH and RH and as far as I can tell they are on the wrong sides. But the brakes and tie rods are mounted and functioning correctly.

What I am wondering is if it is possible to just swap sides and flip the spindles upside down to get them to work. (This seems to be the one thing that would eliminate most of the angle problems)

Or is it possible that someone took spindles off of a front steer car and stuck them on this car...which is rear steer, then stuck them on opposite sides so that it would mount up?

Any insight into how these disc brake swaps are usually done on these cars would be helpful. Also if you know which car I can get a direct bolt-in off of please let me know.


Mike H 03-08-2009 07:51 PM

I would guess they are off of a 70 up camaro etc. they were front steer and would bolt into the Chevy II and give you the issues you are having. You couls try a 68-74 nova spindle they are rear steer and yuo can adapt a disk brake system to them easy.

Double_v23 03-14-2009 11:34 AM

I have gathered a little more information from a local guy that does these swaps quite often. Apparently you can run front steer spindles reversed like mine are but you have to use certain ones that have the steering arm in the correct postion.

Also the tie rods have to be parallel with the upper control arms.

Any input on these statements?

Mike H 03-14-2009 08:12 PM

I would think the tie rods need to be in the same plane as the lowers control arms, that has always been the rule of thumb. Did he tell you what will interchange for the spindles?

Double_v23 03-16-2009 09:39 PM

Maybe he did say the lower control arms. He mentioned that the chevelle and camaro spindles were different and I believe the chevelle ones were the correct ones. I might have that backwards as well.

As soon as it quits raining I am going to get some pics together.

Double_v23 03-23-2009 09:22 AM

OK so my original guess was correct on this. The spindles are wrong. Someone used 74 and up spindles with steering arms that are not interchangeable. So I need to get some earlier ones.

The tie rods do not follow the lower control arms and this is what is causing all my problems.

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