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Thread: Tighten steering, parking brake, & alignment questions

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    Tighten steering, parking brake, & alignment questions

    I am new owner of a freshly built 33 hot rod - but not the builder. The car only has 200 miles and was built by Whitby and I just took delivery last week. After spending several days going thru the TX registration process, I quickly noticed several items needing tweaking. Unfortunately, I don't have builder's manual so starting blindly (trying to get one from FFR).

    - the steering wheel has too much play for my comfort, especially at cruising speed, can that be adjusted or tuned with electric power steering?
    - the parking brake needs tightening for more brake friction, can that be adjusted? I have Tremec 5sp manual.
    - can anyone share factory recommended 4 wheel alignment recommendation - numbers?

    Thanks, Dan

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    Senior Member CVOBill's Avatar
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    Dan,

    If the alignment is off, the steering wont feel right. The best thing to do for the manual is just go on FFR's webs site and purchase the electronic copy. I have it on my work computer and home, it is a lot easier finding info when you need it.
    The alignment specs:
    camber -0.5 to -0.75
    total toe 1/8"
    CVOBill

    Hot Rod #304 purchased 5/28/2017 Unassembled from original owner. Titled and plated 8/24/2017 Coyote, TKO, 3-Link, Heat, A/C, Electric Power Steering, Convertible top
    MK2 #???? Delivered 11/2002, Finished and Titled 6/2003
    5.0, T-5, 4-Link, Sold 3/2005

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    Raider (Dan),

    Welcome to the forum! We would love to see pictures of your new hot rod! Does this car have Whitby's power brake setup? I'd like to see pictures of the booster and master cylinder if you coud share.

    Thanks!

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    I will take a few photos and try to upload. Yes has power brakes. My car is actually the April calendar month car for 2018 FFR calendar. I moving next week from Houston area to Canyon Lake, not too far from your Cedar Park location.

    I would love to update my signature, avatar, etc with some details of the car, but this Forum wont allow me - says I don't have permission. Seems strange as I am active in few other forums that use similar software.

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    Senior Member CVOBill's Avatar
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    PM David Hodgskin, he can help you with the forum updates.
    CVOBill

    Hot Rod #304 purchased 5/28/2017 Unassembled from original owner. Titled and plated 8/24/2017 Coyote, TKO, 3-Link, Heat, A/C, Electric Power Steering, Convertible top
    MK2 #???? Delivered 11/2002, Finished and Titled 6/2003
    5.0, T-5, 4-Link, Sold 3/2005

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    Dan, where is the play in the steering system? Steering wheel, u-joints, supports, or the rack? With only a couple hundred miles I'd suspect something was left loose -- not likely a wear issue. In my experience, u-joints would be a prime suspect with the support bearings a close second.

    Parking brake is an easy adjustment. Once you get a manual with photos things will start to look less confusing. You'll also find suggested alignment specs in the manual.

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    For what it's worth, at standstill my stock FFR steering has zero play detectable in the wheel or joints. All the play (small as it is) is inside the rack.
    Aerodynamics are for those who can't build engines - Enzo Ferrari

    FFR33 coupe #997, ordered 2/20/17, delivered 4/15/17, build thread
    Planned: 350SBC, TKO600, hardtop, no fenders/hood, 32 grill, 3 link, GT500 wheels

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    Thanks for all feedback. I am in midst of full house move, so will check these things out over next couple weeks. I was able to get electronic build manual from FFR. Plus, waiting for my new Bendpak lift to get installed in new garage before diving into the new car. Will let yall know.

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