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Old June 13th, 2018, 11:14 AM
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53 Alignment

Guys, I don't have my maintenance manual, having my 53's alignment done next Tuesday, can anyone please post up the specs so I can give them to the man?

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Originally Posted by Eightbanger View Post
Guys, I don't have my maintenance manual, having my 53's alignment done next Tuesday, can anyone please post up the specs so I can give them to the man?

Cheers in advance.

I don't have the 1953 Olds Shop Manual. Here's what's in the 1955 Olds Shop Manual:
Caster angle degrees**: 0 to -3/4
Camber degrees**: -3/4 to + 3/4
Toe-in: 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch
King pin inclination (at 0 degrees camber): 5 degrees 51' 10"
Toe-out: 23 degrees +/- 1/2 degree
Tread: 59 inches
**Maximum variation between the two sides of the car should not exceed 1/2 degree.



The first three specs. are the ones I usually use. I just put all of it in case you need it.



I have some old (non-Olds) books at the other house that may have the '53 specs in them. If I can find them, I'll re-post.
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Ozzie, your a gent, much appreciated. I really hope this guy is able to do it, every other shop has said no when they actually get the car on the ramp.
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I got lucky and found the old book. This is a Glenn's Auto Repair Manual from 1961 (a Chilton Publication). It goes back to 1949. These specs are given a bit differently from the ones I found before and are a little different from the '55. It says that 1949-53 are the same and 1954-56 are the same. Here's what it shows for 1949-53:



Caster degrees: N3/8
Camber degrees: P1/4
Steering axis inclination degrees: 4.5
Toe in (inches): 3/32
Toe out on turns (degrees): Inner wheel:20 degrees; Outer wheel: 23 degrees



I'm assuming that the N is for negative and the P is for positive. It doesn't show any "tolerance" range as did the Olds shop manual. But if all your components are without "play" (looseness), this should get you aligned.
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Originally Posted by Ozzie View Post
I got lucky and found the old book. This is a Glenn's Auto Repair Manual from 1961 (a Chilton Publication). It goes back to 1949. These specs are given a bit differently from the ones I found before and are a little different from the '55. It says that 1949-53 are the same and 1954-56 are the same. Here's what it shows for 1949-53:



Caster degrees: N3/8
Camber degrees: P1/4
Steering axis inclination degrees: 4.5
Toe in (inches): 3/32
Toe out on turns (degrees): Inner wheel:20 degrees; Outer wheel: 23 degrees



I'm assuming that the N is for negative and the P is for positive. It doesn't show any "tolerance" range as did the Olds shop manual. But if all your components are without "play" (looseness), this should get you aligned.
Perfect! I'll post up if it's a success. Have a great weekend mate.
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Hi I took a picture from my 53 manual.


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