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Old March 13th, 2018, 08:11 PM   #1  
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Front upper control shims

Does anyone know what the factory settings we're for the shimming on the front upper control arms for a 1965 Starfire? I can't find the amount of shims needed in my 65 chassis service manual and I'm getting ready to start putting my front end together. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Old March 13th, 2018, 09:17 PM   #2  
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Shim amounts are determined by a front end alignment.
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Old March 13th, 2018, 09:27 PM   #3  
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There's no factory setting or just take to an alignment shop when it's done?
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I would put enough shims in to get the camber close, adjust toe so that the fronts of the tires are in 1/16-1/8" over the rears, and then take it to an alignment shop that knows older cars. Not a franchise shop like Sears, Pepboys, or Meinecki.
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I bought the Longacre tool for setting camber and caster, and use a tape measure and straight boards to set toe-in. Alignment could be pretty far off if you just wing it, making the handling very bad. Collect some shims, clean and paint them. Having a variety of them is well worthwhile.
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