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lowcadillac

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    Tony Holden
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  1. lowcadillac

    Rear control arm bushes

    Ah ok, thanks for that. All bushes the same then. Once these are done along with the lower arms the car should feel great.
  2. lowcadillac

    Rear control arm bushes

    😱 I hadn’t even thought that might happen. That would be a disaster! I buy most of my parts from Rock Auto as they seem to be the best for shipping to UK as regards cost but their website doesn’t make it clear if both top bushes are the same.
  3. lowcadillac

    Rear control arm bushes

    Hi, Just checking but are the bushes for the top control arms on the rear axle the same both ends? I’m fitting new lower control arms complete but just intend replacing the 4 upper bushes as the top arms seem rather expensive especially as I’m over here in the UK. They don’t look much fun to remove from the rear axle either 😐
  4. lowcadillac

    Camber/Caster Settings

    Right I’ve had the alignment done but am a little bit disappointed with the results. It’s hard to explain but it feels like the tyres are too soft on anything but the flattest road and there’s a definite dead spot when turning right. It does feel better on the motorway though. The most castor we could get was 2 degrees positive and the camber set about a quarter degree negative. More shims were required at the rear of the control arm on the passenger side than the drivers side. I’m thinking I may go back 1 degree on the castor and see if that lightens things up a bit. It will also reduce the shims 😳 It actually felt better at lower speeds before I had the setting changed although the alignment chap said one side was slightly positive castor and the other negative. Still with a bit of trial and error I’m sure I’ll get the car feeling better.
  5. lowcadillac

    Camber/Caster Settings

    Great, that’s an interesting read.
  6. lowcadillac

    Camber/Caster Settings

    Hi IMR, No I’ve just fitted new standard upper and lower arms and took it for an alignment but over here in the UK tyre bays only seem to be happy working on modern cars not classics so they were only prepared to adjust the toe. That got me thinking what the actual camber and caster settings should be,my manual says negative caster and positive camber but looking at the car from the front the positive camber looks excessive in my opinion. I also searched the internet in general and discovered that the original GM settings aren’t preferred by lots of owners. I’ve always been under the impression that negative camber is better for handling too. So anyway I’ve found a local garage that says they will set it up and i’m Interested to see the results. I guess if it doesn’t feel right I can always adjust it back to factory spec. 🤔
  7. lowcadillac

    Camber/Caster Settings

    Thanks for all your help,I reckon I’m going to go with these settings and see how it handles. I’m thinking of lowering slightly at the front next winter so it will need resetting again then so this will be a good tester. So just to be sure the camber mentioned above is 0 degrees to a quarter degrees?
  8. lowcadillac

    Camber/Caster Settings

    Thanks guys. This is the report from my local tyre shop. I’m in the UK and the best they could find were the settings for a 78-81 Monte. It just doesn’t look right from the front. It looks like it has too much positive camber. I’ve renewed the top and bottom arms which is why the settings are out in the first place.
  9. lowcadillac

    Camber/Caster Settings

    Has anyone got any advice on the correct camber/caster settings for a 350 Monte Carlo. I’m led to believe that the ones in the manual aren’t the best as they suggest a small amount of positive camber and surely negative is better.
  10. lowcadillac

    Front ride height

    Yes I do think it may be settling.I think I might just loosen the mounting bolts and bounce it a few times then retighten. I did the job in my garage one side at a time as it’s not the biggest garage so had the jack under the ball joint when I tightened the mountings but not the full weight of the car I guess although driving it should have settled it I would think.
  11. lowcadillac

    Front ride height

    Just been out for a cruise about and got to thinking about why it’s higher and did think it could be the lower arm pocket as the springs are the same and in the same position as on the old arms. The thing is it’s probably not that much different and people wouldn’t notice but you get to know your own car. What height in general are people’s Montes though measuring from the ground through the centre of the wheel to the arch? I’m about 26”?
  12. lowcadillac

    Front ride height

    This was it before.
  13. Hi all, just replaced my top and bottom front suspension arms and reckon I’m sitting higher at the front than I was. The new lower arms only had an oval drain hole rather than 2 holes so I located the spring tail half way over the oval. Do you reckon this is correct or should I pull it apart again and turn the spring?
  14. lowcadillac

    Aftermarket Temp Gauge

    I’d really like to fit a temperature gauge in my ‘70. What happens if I do away with my TCS senor and fit a temp sensor there? Or is it just more sensible to do away with the coolant light and fit my new sensor there instead. TCS sensor on the right side of the engine and temp light sensor on the left,is that correct?
  15. lowcadillac

    Dragging front brakes

    The brake pipe is Kunifer tubing. The original coupling had been damaged by a previous person who had changed the hoses and rounded the nut off so had to get another pipe made up at my local car shop. The master looks the same as one called A-1 Cardone recommended for 70 on Rock auto site.
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