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Old 08-14-2019, 09:29 AM
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Initial alignment specs

I am building a '48 Ford Coupe with a MII front w/power rack and MII control arms/springs. I'd like some input from anyone with the same setup as for the initial specs for alignment. Would the specs for the original Mustang II be close? Thanks in advance.

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I am building a '48 Ford Coupe with a MII front w/power rack and MII control arms/springs. I'd like some input from anyone with the same setup as for the initial specs for alignment. Would the specs for the original Mustang II be close? Thanks in advance.
Who made the MII parts? That's who I'd be looking to for alignment specs.
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Ford. Mustang II control arms, ball joints, Lincoln rack. Conversion from Speedway.
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Be careful, there's a huge difference between a true Ford-made MII front end and aftermarket "clone" suspensions. As a rule, the aftermarket stuff use "MII" as a description only, very few actual Ford parts will interchange. Most of the aftermarket stuff is higher in quality and load capacity too, due to 40 years of improved technology...

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Here is a tool I used for my initial set up. Then later to fine tune my Willys Must ll front end. It’s easy but maybe not the most accurate without turn plates. I just put soapy water under the tires.
Most Streetrods have some forward rake or down angle on the front. This changes the caster angle a bit so you have to compensate for this. I just used the stock setting then measured the forward rake and added this in. It worked pretty well initially.

The Willys didn’t have much body roll with the anti roll bar in front and the very stiff one in the rear so I varied the camber setting to suit my driving. The front tires didn’t wear as well as I liked and winter storage eventually caused a ply separation. But front tires were a lot less expensive than the big Hoosier rear tires.

We also use this tool occasionally on trailer repairs.
Longacre has all kinds of alignment tools.

Longacre Caster Camber Gauge 78272
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