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Old 01-14-2012, 02:32 PM
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Mod for easy alignment, Mustang II type

Maybe this is a common thing to do, or maybe not, but when i was putting my frame together for the '37 Ford pickup, I wondered how in the hell was I going to align this TCI Mustang II front end? By myself.

So, after a few minutes thought I cut some pieces is 1/2" thick flat bar, about 1" square, and welded them to the frame after drilling and tapping them 3/8"-16.

TOO easy to align now,and get it extremely precise.

Now that i know where the upper control arm settled in, I will remove the bolts, add some jam nuts and reinstall the bolts. Or I could just remove them for a cleaner appearance until next alignment.

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Old 01-14-2012, 02:39 PM
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BTW, i bought one of those Fastrax alignment machine maybe 3 years ago.

It paid for it self after the second alignment, and being really picky about my steering wheel being centered and having my cars track totally true, I do a better job than most alignment shops will, especially on older front ends that many alignments techs have never seen before.

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Old 01-14-2012, 02:42 PM
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Just use impact gun to tighten upper control arms and remove the 3/8 bolts.(Don't over torque them) Use enough force so serrations in upper control arms bite into frame rails. Nice idea for precise alignment.
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:24 PM
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The 3/8" bolts are just for easy one person adjustment, not to hold the control arm in position, though they could act as a safety stop.

It really is just too simple, you back the 3/8" bolts out, push the wheel in to too much positive camber, then adjust the 3/8" bolts out until you have ideal camber, then check caster, and adjust the rear bolt until caster is correct, recheck camber, tighten control arm bolts and adjust toe.One person, no special jimmies or grunting and groaning, or overshooting where you wanted to be.

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Old 01-14-2012, 03:39 PM
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very cool idea
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