chrlsful wrote:kinda like the full DSII (or hybrid w/gm 4 pin if no blue strain ford bx available) if having an after '64 block (dizzy hole) w/non LOM/SCV carb. Wish I knew U 'were thinkin' ign changes.
Like the 'Tony patch'. Established same yr as me? '52?
I have to admit, the Tony patch is not mine, just did an Internet search for an interesting looking Tony the Tiger picture for my avatar. Figured I'd go for something a bit more period. A little bit before my time too!
As previously posted, Tony is in dire need of an alignment, I figured before I spent the money on new rubber, it would be prudent to take it in to get aligned so I'm not burning through a brand new set of tires. On top of that, the van is very, very unhappy driving down the road at speed. It's a handful just keeping going straight down the road and any sort of bump or road change makes steering straight quite the adventure.
Off to the local alignment shop. The owner said he'd have to hold onto Tony for a day or so since older vehicles take more time than something with modern suspension. A few hours later I got a call, "come pick up your van, I can't align it, it needs work." Got to the shop and I was presented with a list of things wrong:
•Excessive play in drag link, suggest replace
•Tie rod bent, replace
•Shocks worn, replace
•Leaf spring bushings excessive play, replace
None of these came as a huge surprise. Not of all of them will impact a correct alignment either, but I was happy that he was thorough in his diagnosis. At a minimum I plan to address the drag link, tie rod, ends and shocks prior to taking Tony back in for a proper alignment. Looks like I've got some parts to order.