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Username Post: How to adjust camber        (Topic#362714)
LSS1333 
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09-25-20 04:53 PM - Post#2804287    

Hello, I just replaced my front suspension on my 63 impala SS convertible (both tie rod ends and center linkage) not the ball joints, etc. Now I have a positive camber on my front tires. Is there a way to adjust this in my home garage?

If so, how do you do it?

Thanks



Edited by LSS1333 on 09-25-20 04:54 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 


Shepherd 
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09-25-20 05:57 PM - Post#2804289    
    In response to LSS1333

Bunch of stuff on YouTube,you will need an assortment of shims to do this also. Then you will need to reset the toe in. Really should get to an alignment shop. Btw, those steering linkage components by themselves do not affect camber, only toein.



Edited by Shepherd on 09-25-20 05:59 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
YOUNG57 
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09-25-20 06:01 PM - Post#2804290    
    In response to LSS1333

Most Chevrolets have positive camber and caster.

If you didn’t replace or disturb the control arms, pivot shafts or ball joints the caster and camber should not have changed. The tie rods should only effect toe-in.

The correct procedure to set front end alignment is to first set the correct camber, then the caster and the toe-in last. If done out of sequence camber will change caster and both will affect toe-in.




 
YOUNG57 
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09-26-20 10:28 AM - Post#2804327    
    In response to YOUNG57

To increase camber on early Chevrolets you remove equal shims from under the front and rear upper control arm pivot shaft bolts and vice versa.

To increase caster, you move shims from the under the front bolt to under the rear bolt and vice versa. Changing either on one side may affect the other side and must be checked and corrected back and forth until both are correct.

Then you set toe-in, it will not affect camber or caster.



 
NicolasRomero 
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09-27-20 02:13 PM - Post#2804386    
    In response to YOUNG57

If you don't have them already, I highly recommend purchasing the 1961 and 1963 Shop Manual as they outline the adjustment procedure for this (assuming your suspension setup is still stock). All of the other information the guys have posted on here is useful, but I find those Shop Manuals handy to have on-hand even if its just for reference. Finding shops that can do the alignments on these cars now-a-days will be tricky since modern cars use digital equipment to set the camber, caster, and toe-in. It isn't impossible though, just might have to a little more asking around. Best of Luck!

Nick
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NicolasRomero 
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09-27-20 02:13 PM - Post#2804387    
    In response to YOUNG57

If you don't have them already, I highly recommend purchasing the 1961 and 1963 Shop Manual as they outline the adjustment procedure for this (assuming your suspension setup is still stock). All of the other information the guys have posted on here is useful, but I find those Shop Manuals handy to have on-hand even if its just for reference. Finding shops that can do the alignments on these cars now-a-days will be tricky since modern cars use digital equipment to set the camber, caster, and toe-in. It isn't impossible though, just might have to a little more asking around. Best of Luck!

Nick
1963 Chevrolet Bel Air 4-door sedan


 
wagonman100 
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09-27-20 02:31 PM - Post#2804391    
    In response to NicolasRomero

It’s not the modern equipment that makes finding someone to do an alignment on an old car hard. It’s finding someone that knows how to make the adjustments properly. Modern cars with struts usually have no adjustment for caster and very little to no adjustment for camber on the front suspension. Toe is usually the only adjustment you can make on the front. Ironically most cars have camber and tie adjustments on the rear suspension these days.

But as stated, if you didn’t change anything at the control arm shaft mounts, you camber or caster didn’t change.

Jay
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