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66fstbck
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From: Worhtington, Pa. USA
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posted 04-26-2001 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 66fstbck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm just starting to put my suspension back together after about 4 months worth of work rebuilding the front frame rails, shock towers, etc. Anyhow, when I took the upper A-arms off, I neglected to notice where the shims dropped from (I know, major mistake). I have a total of 7 thick shims and 3 small ones to work with. I have also drilled the holes to do the shelby A-arm lowering mod which requires the removal of 1/8" to 1/4" of shims equally.
Any ideas of where I should start with these shims ? BTW I'm installing all new suspension and steering pieces if that makes any difference.

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steve'66
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From: Sonoma,CA,USA
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posted 04-26-2001 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan,

The shims drop in between the a-arms upper cross shaft and the outside of the shock tower. You'll want less shims after relocating the a-arms to make up for the positive camber created by the change. I would bolt them up with no shims, and take the shortest path to the alignment shop. Give the shop your shims and let us know what you think of it after it's aligned.

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66fstbck
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posted 04-27-2001 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 66fstbck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Steve, I think I'll put it together w/o any shims as you suggest but it will probably still be some time before I get it moving on it's own power to get to the alignment shop........right now, I've finished all the rust repair and need to get it back on it's wheels to get the garage cleaned out from all the cutting, grinding, and welding.

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 04-27-2001 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan,
Since it's going to be some time before you get your car rolling down the road; if I was you - I'd put those shims in a envelope with a little explaination note to remind yourself, then lay the envelope right on/over your dash gauges ....that way, you don't/can't forget to head right for the alignment shop with those shims "in hand" once you're road-worthy! Just my 2 cents,,,
Ryan

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