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Restoration Process

Remove Rear Axel
Sand Blast Frame (11/08/2002)
Replace Right Out-Riggers
Replace Right Foot Well
Replace Right Sills
Replace Right Rear Wheel Arch
Replace Rear Inner Fender
Straighten Frame (1/18/2003)
Fit Doors and Wings
Weld In Left B-Post
Sandblast Rear end
Paint Rear End
Weld Up the trunk (I mean Boot)
Repair left inner wheel well
Left Side Inner fender and B-Post
Engine Machining at ABT
Left Side Foot Well
Repair rear cockpit panel
Repair front Cross member
Fix cubby box in trunk (7/20/2003)
Tidy up frame in a bunch of spots
ReBlast Frame 
Epoxy Prime & Seal Frame

Seam seal
Light sanding
Color Coat/Clear Coat frame
Install Wire Harness
Install Brake Lines
Install rear end
Install Emergency brake(11/15/03)
Install rear shackles (12/01/03)
Blast front suspension parts
Install front suspension
Refurbish Overdrive
Inspect Transmission
Get back engine From ABT
Install Engine and drive train
Blast and paint Muffler
Install Gas Tanks and fuel pump
Install Fuel lines and Battery cables
Install carburetor and ignition system
Install Muffler
START ENGINE - (3/1/2004)
Install Dashboard (6/18/2004)
Restore Windshield wiper motor
Chrome Parts
Windscreen Install
Work On Sheet Metal
Body Work (June-July 2005) 
Paint Body (July 9, 2005)
Carpet and Armacord (July 2005)
Weather Stripping
(Aug 2005)
Laser Alignment (toe in)

Steve At 
American Stripping
the Frame 12/04/02
Photo courtesy of 
Jeff Hardin (P.O.)



Laser Level method for determining Toe In.

Basically what Iím doing is placing a laser level against the outer edge of each of the front rims and letting the projection fall on a surface that is relatively close (4 feet) and then moving that surface to a point farther away (7 feet) and marking the projection again.

 I use a 2X4 board propped up on two stools as the surface and I mark the pinpoint beam projection (The red dots). I used a single board. I actually moved the car backwards instead of the board forward. 

You donít have to worry about getting the boards (or board)  in the correct position laterally because you will be subtracting one dimension from the other and dividing by two to get the average. Just keep your marks straight (which are the close measurements and which are the far measurements). If you were interested in comparing the toe in specifically on each side then you can use the laser beam positioned on the rear wheels as a means to get the board(s) in line laterally for each measurement.

My "a" dimension turned out to be 1.3125" and the distance "b" was 4' or 48 inches. So the toe in was the Arctan(1.3125 / 48)=1.556 degrees (Way to big)

The Arctan is sometimes displayed on your calculator as TAN-1

To get the toe in measurement as defined by the manual which is the distance the front edge of the tire is actually inboard from the back edge of the tire.

Sorry more trigonometry! 

You just need to use the angle just calculated and solve the equation for "a" using 25" as the "b" dimension" (My tire was around 25" in diameter)

a=Tan(A)  X b

In My case 0.68" Which is way out of spec! it should be around 1/16"  -  1/8". I turned the adjuster rod on my front end about 2 turns and I ended up with a measurement of about 0.448 degrees (or 0.19" on a 25" diameter tire)


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Here you can see that I needed to tape a couple of blocks (Purple)
 under the level to get it away from the wheel to clear the spokes
 and tire. These blocks have to be closely matched in thickness. 
The tape just serves to loosely hold the blocks in between the level
 and wheel rim surface. 

You can see that the blocks are
 rotated slightly so that I can bear the clamping force against
 the outer rim and get a repeatable measurement


Here you can "Barely" see the projected laser beam on my piece of wood sitting on the stool

Use this spreadsheet to calculate your toe-in