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    Hi guys I have a 62 Hawk GT I was wondering if anyone out there knows the Alignment specs for this beast.They damaged it in shipping.I replaced the outer tie rods ,Now it needs alignment badly.Thanks in advance.,,,Jerry.

  • #2
    Front wheel toe in is 3/16-1/4" without power steering and 1/16"-1/8" with.

    Caster angle is +1/4 degree to -1 1/4 degree (not more than 1/2 degree variation between wheels)

    Camber angle is 0 to +1 degree (1/2 degree more camber favored on drivers side).

    King pin inclination 6 degrees at 0 degrees camber

    I would guess any shop can set the toe if that's all the car needs. Very few shops can set the camber...even with the shop manual in front of them . It's not done like any other car they have ever seen.

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    • #3
      just a note, the caster should be set before the camber, and I prefer to have the caster set towards the positive end of the spec. More positive caster trades off increased steering effort for better high speed stability and a little bit of self-centering.


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      • #4
        We just upgraded our alignment rack, new computer and software. First thing I checked was to see if they still listed Studebaker in the specs. They do! It's a Hunter rack, so any GOOD alignment shop should have the specs and be able to perform the alignment.
        Back when I first got my 52 back on the road, I took the shop manual to the alignment shop so they "knew" how to do it.

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