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Old 11-25-2002, 02:07 PM
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Unhappy is there any front end alignment people out there?

i have a 72 elcamino and i cant find the right front end alignment specs. i have the specs for the 72 chevelle.but the shops around here say that it wouldnt be the same for the elcamino,so i need the specs. i have a completly overhauled the front and rear of the car but still have a small vibration between 5 to 15 and 65 up.the tires are balancedrotors turned and have the front end aligned but its aligned by guessing so i think the problem is still in the caster camber adjustment.all parts in the drive line are new except the tires and rims. the tires do have a small amount of cupping in them but it never shook like this before the overhaul with the same tires, you had to get up to 65+ for the shake and vibration. all help much appreciated. <img src="confused.gif" border="0">

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I couldn't imagine the El Camino specs being much different than the Chevelle specs.
Have you ruled out the possibility of a drivetrain vibration? Just a thought...
If you're sure that it's suspension/steering related, I'll dig through some of my books to see if I have the specs.
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Most 5 to 15mph vibrations are caused by an out of round tire or rim. A balancer or an unproperly trained tech will not pick this up. To find an out of round tire or rim you need to watch it for any deviation while it's spinning. I have seen tires with shifted belts still zero out on a balancer but shimmy when you drive through a parking lot, and it is not uncommon for an out of round tire/rim to start vibrating again at higher speeds. An unbalanced tire usually acts up between 40 to 60mph while an out of round tire/rim is lower speeds and higher speeds. We rarely ever trace a vibration concern to an alignment being out, unless maybe your light years out. To be off a little in caster, camber, or toe will usually not give you a vibration. And the reality of alignments is if you don't know the exact specs find a similar vehicle to compare to, If camber spec is unknown get as close to 0 degrees as possible, toe set just a little bit positive, and caster needs to be within 1/2 degree from side to side (left camber 1.5* positive then right should be as close to 1.5* as well). But I doubt alignment is your problem. I don't know if we have any specs that old at work but I'll check tomorrow.
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Take a look at the u-joints.
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Sorry but we didn't have any books that old at work and the software in the alignment machine doesn't go back that far either.
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DM is right on the money on this one, your vibration will not be caused by alignment. Align your car to the same specs as a Chevelle of the same vintage, they are identical in every respect except for the box out back.
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