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 Back in a Formula Again 
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Tires are rotated, the car is back on the ground again, so I took my camber gauge out to see where I stand on solving this tram lining problem.

Image20201212_170605 by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr

Well that is not what I expected at all! Also reinforces in my brain why its better to measure things than trust your eyeball.

This also has presents another problem I'll have to investigate this weekend. There is no further adjustment left in the strut mounts to get the camber from the 1.5 deg positive its at currently to the .25 deg of negative camber its supposed to have.

The struts are one of the few things I haven't had out of this car so far, so its a mystery as to what the previous owner may have done to it. I'm suspicious he may have had camber bolts installed at one point while having an alignment done. I can't conceive of any other explanation as to why the camber would still be so far out with the factory adjustment maxed out. I guess I'll find out this weekend.


Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:23 am
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Spent this afternoon in the garage working on my camber.

I did take out the strut bolts to investigate whether there had been camber bolts put in at some point.

Image20201213_153851 by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr

No camber bolts to be found.

After re-assembling the car from this I put it back down & decided to drive it up and down the driveway a few times to get the suspension to settle into its normal position. Doing this brought the measurements to +ve / .25 deg on the LF and -ve 1.5 deg on the RF. Now there just isn't any more adjustment left to bring the LF to the -ve .25 deg I was aiming for, so I instead elected to bring the RF out to the same +ve .25 deg as the LF. At the very least they are the same now, and I don't imagine a half of a degree will have a tremendous impact on the handling of the car. I'm sure I'll have to fiddle with the toe again in the spring now, but I'm gonna call this dealt with.

Left front.

Image20201213_162511 by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr

Right front.

Image20201213_171135 by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr


Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:15 pm
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I assume you zero'd out that guage? I have the same one and there is an adjusting knob on the bottom. The side to side difference would still be accurate though.
I bought a digital table saw blade angle measurer and use it all the time.. first time was for driveshaft/engine angles.

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Mon Dec 14, 2020 2:07 pm
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6speedIROC wrote:
I assume you zero'd out that guage?


Yes, I did zero out the gauge before starting the whole process. Appears equal on both sides is the best I can hope for without putting camber bolts in and going through the whole process again. I'm not gonna lose any sleep over a half degree for cruising around on the street. If I autocrossed the car or something like that I might worry about it more, but my primary goal is to just not be constantly fighting the steering cruising on uneven roads. I've no doubt this will be an improvement.

Moved on to other things on this winter's to do list yesterday.

My 1.6 ratio rockers for the intakes came in finally.

Image131424591_228994031907362_6115763069931309573_n by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr

Full rollers would have been nice, but at $8 each, the price on these were quite attractive.

Spent an hour or so popping them on yesterday. I was relieved to see there was adequate clearance in the pushrod hole in the head.........just barely, but they do clear.

Image20201214_152250 by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr

Last thing to do now is take care of the oil leak and adjust the cam timing. May get going on that next weekend.


Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:07 am
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So naturally after spending the better part of an afternoon last weekend getting my camber all set up on the front of the car, a deal too good to pass up happened today.

Image20201217_161201 by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr

Image20201217_165639 by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr

Guess I'll get to do it all over again after these are installed! Lol!


Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:10 pm
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Decided to tackle the cam timing/oil leak this weekend.

What a monumental pain it is getting the oil pan dropped low enough to get the timing cover on and off in the car with the oil cooler lines in the way. Good there weren't any young ears in the vicinity while this was happening!

But, the cam has been adjusted to a 108 deg intake centerline (probably closer to 109 with the slack this timing chain has after 13,000'ish kms on it). According to simulations, 109 deg would be ideal, so that should hopefully work out.

Image20201221_114753 by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr

Once the timing cover was back on & the oil pan tightened back up, I decided to call it a day. That is where my patience ran out, so best to finish up another day.


Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:07 pm
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Finished up the last few details and got the car running again yesterday (other than setting the ignition timing that will obviously be retarded a few degrees now). After letting the car come right up to temp, I've left the car since & for the first time in a long time there are no oil drips under it! Lol!

This turned out to be the cause of the leak. I'm at a loss as to how that corner of the timing cover got twisted in that way, but now that its been straightened back out the way it should be, the leak seems to be resolved.

Image132393869_420966292387775_8209711759535520543_n by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr


Fri Dec 25, 2020 8:04 am
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Started on putting my Hotchkis springs in today after setting the ignition timing.

Rears took no time at all. Actually wound up with about 1 1/4" of drop. Looks MUCH better!

Image20201228_121736 by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr


Image20201228_122329 by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr

Fronts are obviously taking a lot more time, but I at least got the RF done today before running out of ambition.

This is what the ride height was previously.

Image20201228_122350 by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr

So I'm beyond thrilled that it sits like this currently. Keep in mind I still have the stock spring in the LF, so it will likely come down a touch more when that spring is done too.

Image20201228_135836 by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr


Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:47 pm
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Put the LF spring in yesterday.

Now that all 4 springs are in the measurements to the fender have gone from 28.5 inches in the front and 28 in the rear down to 26 7/8 front, 27 rear. It finally has the stance I wanted it to have. I am actually surprised the amount it lowered the car was significantly lower than the advertised 1 inch at least in the front anyway.

The best part is that the camber is now right in spec on the RF, and the LF only needs to be tweaked .5 of a degree. Additionally, I had measured the positioning of the rear end of the car prior to swapping springs and found it to be 3/4" off center. Now with the new springs in its only 1/4" off center, so it would seem I won't need to invest in an adjustable panhard bar.

Given that I got significantly more drop in the front than expected, and the fact the my camber wouldn't come into spec with the old springs, I'm starting to question whether the springs in the front of the car may not have been the OE ones, maybe having been replaced with the wrong springs.


Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:01 am
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The new stance definitely looks much better!

Image20210104_125939 by Hewitt Shane, on Flickr


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