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Old 11-21-2003, 11:33 PM
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i have a 59 belair, went to get a alignment and the guy told me that shims should be taken out, but there is none, when i put the springs back in one round was taken out ,he told me to put a new set in, i did, still the same ,the tires are towed in at the top, do they make a adjustable top inner shaft ,or what can i do....

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Old 11-22-2003, 12:01 AM
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Take it to a different shop preferably one that has been around for awhile and has some old guys there. Best that I can remember, on your car the shims are going to kick the a-frame out and correct your problem. You don't see no shims in anything with stock springs that often. Good Luck.
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My 62 Canadian Pontiac has the same suspension as your Chevy. I bought new springs and it aligned no problem. There are a couple of shims each side.

Take it to an "old time" suspension guy, like the previous post said.
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Old 11-22-2003, 06:59 PM
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replaced the springs in the front end and it is the same way it was when i began ,the tires are towed in at the top ,the guy told me to take shims out, but there is none on either side, the car was taken to a alignment center,the computer said to take out shims,,,now im stuck,what to do....
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Obviously the computer is an idiot. Find an older mechanic or front-end guy who can do more that just puke out whatever a computer says.
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Are all the other front end parts stock for a 59 belair?
A buddy of mine installed custom spindles and disc brakes on a 60 chevy and had an alignment problem.
I'd have to ask him what he did to fix it.
Just a thought !
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There are too many "so called alignment people" out there that only know what the computer tells them. If possible, locate someone that does alignments in a "pit", (the old type of alignment machines) They usually actually know what they are doing. They are getting harder to find as the business have figured out that they don't have to pay someone for their knowledge if they have the newer machines.
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What you are talking about is called "Camber".
When the the top of the tire is farther in then the bottom of the tire it is called "Negative Camber".
What is the orientation of the cross shaft (the long rod that runs through both UCA Bushings) to the frame brackets? Is it in front of the brackets or behind them on the engine side? If it's behind and there are no shims you are out of luck and you will probably have to have it aligned by bending the frame. Was the car ever in an accident? That's what I would suspect and you should have a good collision shop look at it.
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