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38 Chevy, centering axles

I put a TCI M11 with dropped spindles on my car.My car is still a frame and a plie of parts. I saw another 38 with same set up,welded in the stock position, but it looked like the front axle should have been moved ahead 3 inches.I was told it's just the camber(?) tilting wheel back, however it looks like crap.
Now I'm putting Chassis Engineering rear spring kit on and it bolts the axle in the stock location.I phoned CE to ask why they never made it so the axle will centre in the fender.The stock suspension had the axle ahead and not centered.CE said just move it back 3/4 of an inch to correct it.
My question is ,does anyone know how far back the axle should go?
From the measurements I take on the body and frame I guess about 1'' to 1 1/2" . I'm really disappointed in these designs and don't even get me stared on the sway bar fitting. Cisco.

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Having NEVER owned a 38 Chevrolet ...
This is just hearsay ... but as I have heard ... the wheels were not what we called centered ... back in 1938.

I know that the lower you get the car ... the wheelbase changes ...
Hope this helps ...

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Take your tires and wheels you will be using, or close copies, and block up the body and frame at the height at which you want the car to end up. Place the wheels and tires into the wheel wells and move them around until you get them to look "right." This becomes very subjective, and what I think looks good, you may not. However, generally you do want the tires to sit pretty much dead center, otherwise you get what is shown in the pictures below.

Although it is hard to do financially sometimes, the only proper way to build a car is to have the actual final wheels and tires you will be using on hand right from the beginning of construction. Otherwise you can't set ride height and all the other variables that you must deal with.

Hope this helps.

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