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Iím looking to have the 1973 Vette with a 4 wheel alignment job, or at least try if thereís a shop that knows what theyíre doing. Any of you Tampanians (Tampa, Fla.) out there knows of and recommends a shop for this? Been here only 2.5 years, and still feeling my way around. Any info on this is appreciated.
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Van Steel is in Clearwater. They should be able to tell you where to go if they don't do it themselves.
https://www.vansteel.com/
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Thanks, will give them a call and ask
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Iím looking to have the 1973 Vette with a 4 wheel alignment job, or at least try if thereís a shop that knows what theyíre doing. Any of you Tampanians (Tampa, Fla.) out there knows of and recommends a shop for this? Been here only 2.5 years, and still feeling my way around. Any info on this is appreciated.
Here is the easy way to determine if they know how to do a complete alignment.

If they don't ask you.

Are you supplying the shims for the rear trailing arms.
or
ask them if they stock the shims for the rear trailing arms.

If they give you a dumb look they will only adjust rear camber and front toe.
No front caster / camber and most important no rear toe adjustments.

So before getting your alignment have a complete shim kit for the shop to use. Count the total shims and check what they used.
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Originally Posted by cagotzmann View Post
Here is the easy way to determine if they know how to do a complete alignment.

If they don't ask you.

Are you supplying the shims for the rear trailing arms.
or
ask them if they stock the shims for the rear trailing arms.

If they give you a dumb look they will only adjust rear camber and front toe.
No front caster / camber and most important no rear toe adjustments.

So before getting your alignment have a complete shim kit for the shop to use. Count the total shims and check what they used.
Excellent, will get my own shims. Thanks for the heads up.
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Van Steel is in Clearwater. They should be able to tell you where to go if they don't do it themselves.
https://www.vansteel.com/
Hey Bruiser, fyi: called Van Steel and they recommended the Goodyear shop in Clearwater. Also recommended that I take my own shims as they wonít have any in stock. Iíll give them a try. Thanks again.
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Call Advanced Performance on Linebaugh Ave. Mike owns the shop and does all of my cars. If you want him to do the rear, make sure the bolts and shims are not rusted. PM me for further information. Jerry
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Call Advanced Performance on Linebaugh Ave. Mike owns the shop and does all of my cars. If you want him to do the rear, make sure the bolts and shims are not rusted. PM me for further information. Jerry
Thanks for the info Jerry, good to have another source to look into. Btw, sorry took so long to respond, was out of town visiting Mom on her day. Just got back. Thanks again.
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I live just 40 min north of Tampa. These are all good leads. Get a printout before and after and watch them. Bring a shim kit and long cotter pins. Make sure there is no positive camber on the right front. These roads are crowned for all the rain down here and will smoke the RF tire off.
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I would be interested in what machine/method the shop you choose uses. I just replaced TA bushings and finished up my DIY alignment. Used string to get thrust and toe close. Started building tools for laser level method. Have digital angle meter for camber. Caster...well thats another story. Anyway a shop here has a new alignment machine and offered to align my car. I know the owner so I will be there and assist with the process.
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Don't forget to down load the alignment specs you want the tech to use. You can get the specs on the C-2 forum. I think Van Steel also has alignment specs as well. Jerry
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I worked down in West Palm for 20 years. 77-97 Did 22k alignments. I have only been in the Tampa area a couple years so its all been hearsay. Their machine may or may not have specs. Doesn't really matter. Bring your own spec sheet. The specs are too generous and could cause issues anyway . On the front go -.50 degree neg on the right front. .00 to .25 positive on the left front. Total toe 1/16 th in. Caster .50 degree more positive on the right side or she will pull.NO negative caster on either side. Rear neg on both sides camber .50 or a little more if you want to super handle on turns. 1/16th total toe rear is good also.
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I live just 40 min north of Tampa. These are all good leads. Get a printout before and after and watch them. Bring a shim kit and long cotter pins. Make sure there is no positive camber on the right front. These roads are crowned for all the rain down here and will smoke the RF tire off.
Yeah, planning on getting shim kits for front and back. I stopped by Advanced Performance today and spoke with the owner, Mike. Just as Tampa Jerry said, the wonít touch the rear if the trailing arms bushings are bad, and/or shims and bolts are rusted. The car is heading to the shop for some a/c work and power steering leaks, and couple of other things. Iím going ask the mechanic to check the bushings and the rest while the car is up on the rack. Love these cars but, geeez, it never ends. Thanks
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Yeah,. Love these cars but, geeez, it never ends. Thanks
I work in the medical field and tell people that old cars are like old people, ďthereís always something going wrongĒ
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Don't forget to down load the alignment specs you want the tech to use. You can get the specs on the C-2 forum. I think Van Steel also has alignment specs as well. Jerry
Therein lies another problem. There are so many specs when I did research. I was thinking of using Van Steel street specs, but I donít know if the fact that Iím running 255/60/15 tires has any bearing on different specs, and handling/tracking changes. Stock I believe was 225/70/15 tires.
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I worked down in West Palm for 20 years. 77-97 Did 22k alignments. I have only been in the Tampa area a couple years so its all been hearsay. Their machine may or may not have specs. Doesn't really matter. Bring your own spec sheet. The specs are too generous and could cause issues anyway . On the front go -.50 degree neg on the right front. .00 to .25 positive on the left front. Total toe 1/16 th in. Caster .50 degree more positive on the right side or she will pull.NO negative caster on either side. Rear neg on both sides camber .50 or a little more if you want to super handle on turns. 1/16th total toe rear is good also.
Are those specs good for stock suspension with the tires Iím running? If it is, Iíll go with that.
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I work in the medical field and tell people that old cars are like old people, ďthereís always something going wrongĒ
Yes sir, never ends. At 63, Iím getting to the point that something springs up with me. By the Grace of God, nothing major; yet.
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