Re: Bay area alignment shop recommendations
I took it back to the guys at Auto Tire Options in Berkeley, because the alignment was under warranty. I told them they need to figure out how to use the GW eccentric lock out plates, because there are enough settings. I don't know how many times I explained it to them. I also told them that if they can't get the caster I want, then need to shim the front upper control arm bolt. They were able to set the Caster to +2.5, Camber to -0.2 and toe in to 3/16. It felt so much better. That was about a month ago. I haven't driven my Cougar much since then.
Unfortunately, I found two cracks in my shock towers this week originating from the front upper control arm bolts on both sides. I'm not blaming anyone. Shock towers tend to crack. Plus, I don't trust them to fix it without breaking something else. I really hate taking my car to the mechanic. It seems that for every good one, there are at least 50 bad ones. And these guys were recommended by Steve Gauthier from Classics by Steve. Now the front suspension has to come apart again so that I can weld in the Pro Motorsports Shock Tower Reenforcement kit. I just wish I had seen it while I was welding up my subframe connectors. I could have done it all at the same time. <sigh>
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