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Technical Poor handling.... '48 chevy coupe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mack57, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. mack57
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    Hey guys, Now I,ve got the '48 on the road. Rebuilt(professionally) the steering box, replaced the pitman bushings, orig front suspension is in good shape.
    Anything I can do to make the car handle better? You really have to fight it wandering, not pulling, just wandering...


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  2. ...and so goes the story of why mack57 decided to name his ride the ...."The Wanderer"
     
  3. mack57
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    Ha haa!!! You got that right! Lol!


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  4. If the entire front end is in good condition with no worn or damaged parts, then, after I made sure there was no issue with the tires, I would look at the caster and front to rear alignment. Too little caster can cause wandering. Not sure what the specs are for your car, but I'm thinking around 4 or 5 degrees positive caster.
     

  5. aaggie
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    I had a '48 sedan in High School in the '60s and I can say it taught me all I needed to know about rebuilding and aligning a front end. Skinny tires and crowned roads will cause it to wander and besides increasing the caster there isn't much you can do with the stock suspension.
     
  6. mack57
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    Ok, thanks Guys!! Alignment it is.


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  7. mack57
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    Thanks Jeff K! Will do!


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  8. mack57
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    Update:
    I did the alignment and the car drives like a dream now!!! Thank You HAMBers once again!!
    Mack


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  10. paul55
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    we mounted tube shocks on the rear of bottom control arm on pop's '47 and made a huge difference.
     
  11. mack57
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    Thanks Paul! Do you have any pics I could check out of that?


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  12. paul55
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    The car is long gone, so can't get pics. It's a common practice on the 40's chevs as the upper arm/shock went bad. Maybe someone else will chime in with pics. Paul
     
  13. image.jpg image.jpg
    Like this? There,s a company called Cool Cars which sell the bits.
    These pics are not of my car, I would do the lower mount differently.
     
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  14. mack57
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    Paul55 & 36 roadster, thanks guys!! Pics are worth a million words to me.


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