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Old 11-24-2017, 01:47 PM   #1
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Iím installing a crown vic front suspension in my old Chevy and itís kicking my ass. Ive got it all up on jack stands except the front end being held up with the cherry picker. Iíve got plumbobs on all 4 corners, around a wheel stud to the outside and to the bottom with a level placed on the top two studs to make sure they are they same on each corner. I spent a good 5 hrs wriggling and measuring, I can get my diagonal measurements equal but my front to backs wonít be equal by 7/16Ē. Or I can get my front to back measurements the same and my diagonals will be off. Should I use a different reference point instead of the front lugs?

I marked a center line and measured the original wheel base so I know where I need to be but if so my diagonals are off 3/4Ē.
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Old 11-24-2017, 07:46 PM   #2
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Have you checked the rear end housing to make sure it is straight?
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Old 11-24-2017, 08:11 PM   #3
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Whats your "old chevy" exactly ? I think Bronco is right on where to start. These old frames go through a lot over the years.
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Old 11-24-2017, 09:33 PM   #4
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Your frame is tweaked. You may want to try to straighten it before you go any further.

You should also double check your measurements by hanging the bob from the spud on the spindle.
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Old 11-24-2017, 10:40 PM   #5
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64 Belair, I’ll try using some frame reference points to eliminate the rear end, just in case it’s tweaked.
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Old 11-25-2017, 06:23 AM   #6
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64 Belair, I’ll try using some frame reference points to eliminate the rear end, just in case it’s tweaked.
Is that the frame with a driveshaft tunnel ? Always wondered why that design instead of a perimeter style. I bet that frame is tweaked a bit.

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Old 11-25-2017, 09:25 AM   #7
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It does have an X frame, kind of a pain in the ass. I found some frame dimensions and frame holes so I dropped a plumb bob and marked some dots on the floor. I got it all to within 1/8” which I think might be ok. I need to check the rear end now.
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Old 11-25-2017, 01:49 PM   #8
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your measurements will only be as accurate as the floor it's sitting on........
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Old 11-25-2017, 04:27 PM   #9
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do not measure from removable components. there are chassis measure hole scattered on the frame. find the 2 just under the front cab mount and measure from them . your also going to find it is too wide .
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Old 11-26-2017, 09:25 PM   #10
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Solid points Grape and Bubba, anyone have a frame table I can borrow for a week?
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Old 11-27-2017, 06:41 AM   #11
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Solid points Grape and Bubba, anyone have a frame table I can borrow for a week?
I wish. I'd been wanting to build one, but they take up so much room and wouldn't get used often enough.
Thats a good way to go. Are you settled on that frame ? Have you considered getting a Camaro subframe and making a tube chassis with a Camaro stub ? Or is that old school these days ?
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Old 11-27-2017, 07:20 AM   #12
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set your chassis on jack stands. use a level to shim it . the camaro clip is one of the best handling setups . i refuse to set up a mII . got sick of that 20 years ago .
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Old 12-07-2017, 01:26 AM   #13
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Spent most of my vacation working on it. Gotta start on brake lines next
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