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Old 07-28-2011, 06:02 AM
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4-link and C-notch

i just got the body off the frame of my '52 chevy deluxe, im in the process of cleaning up the frame and gonna swap out the stock rear end for one out of a '77 nova i used to own, i plan on four linking the rear, c-notching, and adding air bags, my question is: does it matter what order i do this in? does the rear end need to be installed first so i know exactly where to c-notch? been looking for a suspension book on 4-linking but cant seem to find one.....any help is always appreciated

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Old 07-28-2011, 06:13 AM
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i did my own 4 link too.. worked out great.. and yes u gotta get the rear somewhere very close to where u want it.. block it up some how and make sure the angle of the input shaft is very close too.. the link bracket is next and u don't want to be hitting the frame when it goes up and all the while keeping in mind of the air bag placement.. all in all u have 3 things going on at once u need to keep mindfull of... and don't forget to make sure the rear is centered.. now if your off by say 1/4" u should have enough adj to take care of that.. u gonna use a panhard bar too ???
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gonna use a triangulated 4 link so i dont need a panhard bar, i know i could find the answere but, is there a specific angle the rear needs to be set to? do i use the angle the stock rear is set to or is the angle gonna be different since im doing a V8 conversion and overdrive trans?
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i've never used or have any idea of the set up your doing.. but as for the angle of the dangle of the rear.... put the car on level as posible flooring.. put the angle finder on the tranny pan and measure that, it should be pointing down, then put the rear input shaft the same angle up. u can measure on the flat u joint input area. if i remember right you'll be in the 5 to 7 area, but that also requires u to be on level surface.. not a biggie just what ever its down do the up on the rear...
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I have some pictures of my Alston back half install in my photo gallery that might give you some insight or ideas.

Take measurements from all points and record them. Once the car is at ride height and stance, you can mark the garage floor with reference marks, center lines, corner to corner distances to square the differential and whatever you need to position and locate things, like wheel well openings. The Alston kit included a torsional anti-roll setup, in addition to yoke centering setup.
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since the original engine and trans is out and im doing a V8 conversion; when it comes time set the engine and trans angle, do i set that at 4 degrees down towards the rear? and then set the rear pinion angle at 4 degrees up toward the front? the 4 degrees is what i read in another forum that chevy set their engine/trans angle at

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Yes, and four degrees is enough, just keep them opposite an equal amount.
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I set the carb plate level,, That usually set it at around 3*... But 4* will work..

Not trying to disagree with you 68NovaSS... You are right..

Just stating what I do..
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Measure, measure and measure. And when you're done measuring the 3rd time, measure once more. Seriously! Good luck with the build
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If you are going to use a compressed rubber type bushing or softer durometer poly bushings... you may even want to compensate for a slight pinion preload by 1 degree. I know its splitting hairs but
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