Re: Steering wheel not aligned, W/Pic.
Before you head to the alignment shop, square everything up. Otherwise, you could end up with a nice alignment, but the steering stops after 1.5 turns to the left and 2.5 turns to the right, and/or a crooked Pitman, and/or a crooked steering wheel, etc. This is especially important for 69's which have the variable steering ratio boxes (the Pitman needs to be centered in it's travel range).
Start with the steering column shaft. There should be a mark on the driver's end of the steering shaft that points to 12:00.
Then install the steering wheel in the correct position.
Then make sure your Pitman is pointing straight (parallel to the car). If the rag joint is 180 degrees off, you'll have to loosen your steering column (the two big forward nuts) and the four bolts that hold the plate that surrounds the steering column just inside the firewall (and under the carpet and firewall pad). Then unbolt the rag and pull the column toward the driver about 3/4" to realign the rag (might be a two man job).
Now you should have a steering shaft that's 'clocked' correctly, a steering wheel that's aligned, and a Pitman that's straight and centered.
Next, get a long straight-edge (a 4 foot ruler or something) and align both front wheels as best you can. With the car on the ground, simply place the ruler on the sides of the front tires and adjust the tie-rods until the ruler is pointing at the outside of the rear tires.
Then, go get a front end alignment from a quality shop. Wouldn't hurt take a supply of shims with you.
Last edited by Straight-line-69; Nov 21st, 11 at 09:36 PM.