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Old 10-01-2002, 02:19 PM
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What I have is a '49 Chevy half ton truck Iam down to the bare frame. I have my TCI mustang II all welded in and together. And everything painted. Whats the best way to set the castor, chamber, toe in and toe out? Should it be one of the last things I do after its all together? Do I do it with the springs installed or not? I am going to make a dummy shock to support it til I get the engine in before I install the springs. Any enlightenment is much appreciated!

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Well....It would be difficult to try and set caster/camber until all of the weight is on the car. You can eyeball it once assembled and measure toe with a tape and get it close enough to get to an alignment shop.
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Yea, he's right. You gotta have the weight on the truck first. No use in doing it twice.

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I forgot ride height. I don't know if you are using coilovers or not, but the regular springs may not give you the ride height you desire with all the loaded weight. You would either have to shim, cut or change springs until the trim height you desire is reached. Of course, every change made would affect the alignment.

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YES! very anxious! Its a TCI kit it dosnt have the coil overs just reqular shocks and springs with 2 inch Drop spindles.
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yeah id wait until the everything os finished and the body is on
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Make your dummy shocks like you said so that the lower a-arms are parallel to the ground. This is what TCI wants for a ride height. Then you can adjust the upper a-arms to get the alignment close. Just put a square on the floor to the side of the tire to set the camber. Use a tape measure to set the toe-in. After you get the engine in and the cab on there will be enough weight on the chassis so you can get the springs in. Use a floor jack to push the lower a-arm up enough to get the nut on the shock. You can also use just the lower half of an internal spring compressor with the center bolt going through the upper shock hole. The truck will probably sit higher than you want but wait until the truck is totally done before you start cutting coils. You might want to drive it a few miles before final alignment to let the springs settle a little. If it is still high you can cut up to one coil without hurting the ride.
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You have a nice start to a good working frame. by adding an independant front end gives you a better ride and better steering responce. The only way to do a correct front end alignment is to have everything in the truck the way you plan to drive it. You can use the old eye and tape measure to get it close enough to get it to a front end machine,But be careful driving it and make sure you have everything tight before you headout.
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