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Adjusting extreme negative camber

Discussion in 'A Body: Duster, Valiant, Dart, etc' started by Todd Russell, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. Todd Russell

    Todd Russell New Member

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    Got a 74 Plymouth Valiant Brougham with severe negative camber. The inside inch of the front tires wears out very quickly, tires leaning in @ the tops when viewed head on. Spent hundreds at tire shop & problem still there. They said they'd have it aligned on the rack, but when they drove it around & put it back on the rack, the car was out of alignment again! Said they couldn't figure out why. No more $ to throw away, so I want to adjust the camber myself. How do I proceed? I'm guessing I can adjust the upper control arms, but how? Do I need to adjust the longitudinal torsion bars too? If so how? I have a Haynes manual & little knowledge in this area, just teaching myself as I go along as I can't afford a real mechanic. So any help or advice is greatly appreciated! Btw, this is my 1st post- Thanks!
     
  2. Bearhawke

    Bearhawke Things happen for a reason

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    Take a hard look at the lower control arm bushings; the ones directly in line with the Torsion bars. They can be hard to see, trust me.
     
  3. CudaPete

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    Yes, most likely lower control arm bushings. Also check upper and lower ball joints for play.
     
  4. TWX

    TWX DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS!
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    If it's that bad it's probably time to just rebuild the front suspension. Upper and lower ball joints, tie rod ends, pitman arm, bushings.

    I had a similar problem with my Cordoba and that effort paid off.

    Had I had a shop do it, it would have been about $800 ten years ago. We did it ourselves because my dad had experience with his '73 Charger SE. It certainly wasn't fun, and getting the upper ball joints out was a real pain (leave the arms on the car, use either a breaker bar with cheater bar or else air) but doable.
     

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