They should be set to level... without a screen just shot a blank wall... center of headlight height should be the same as center of the beam... give about a car length for distance... it'll be accurate enough to pass any test if you do it well. Getting them straight ahead can be a little more challenging, but not too hard.Another issue can be the Headlight Aim is off. Mine always seem too low.
Alignments can be done at home.Time for a wheel alignment, it seems. Last drive on the Interstate felt like a river cruise with the gentle rolling from side to side, and the inability to hold a straight line of travel. It's not drastic, it's just very noticeable to me. It just doesn't feel right. Now the fun part...there are maybe three alignment shops that do suspensions on pre-1990 cars and trucks. WTF??? I have good recommendations with an alignment shop about 30 miles away. Apparently, he is the only guy around who knows how to actually read specs from a manual, and not rely solely on whatever cars/specs are on the alignment computer. Many alignment racks are not programmed for vehicles earlier that 1990, I'm coming to find out. How ridiculous is that???
Oh, let's talk air conditioning, shall we? There are two shops in town that do air conditioning on older cars. Two! As soon as I told the people on the phone mine were both from 1966 and still had R-12 in the system, neither would touch them at all, unless it included a complete replacement of the stock underhood A/C components...and $2,500 out of my pocket for each car! The Imperial currently blows cool, not cold. The Coronet air has been inop since 1987. Hell, for that money, I can order the components, install them, and then have the system charged up.
Your link to the alignment tool says it only checks toe-in. Not terribly helpful when cars or our vintage require checks of more than that. I can do straight-axle alignments, those are quite simple.
Regarding R-12, yes, you need to find a source. Fortunately, I have 2. 8^)Your link to the alignment tool says it only checks toe-in. Not terribly helpful when cars or our vintage require checks of more than that. I can do straight-axle alignments, those are quite simple.
Far as air conditioning goes; yeah, they are not "rocket science". Have you tried finding R12 anywhere at any price? And a R134 conversion kit isn't cheap, by itself. The Coronet has a known leaky spot at the firewall; while the Imperial blows cool, but nowhere near as cold as it should. None of the shops will touch a car with R12 in it. They claim not to have the equipment to recycle R12. I'm not gonna argue with them, it's a losing proposition.
Looking to get into that this weekend. Four days in a row to blow all that apart.Haven't yet gotten to my A/C, not expecting much, though.
Just now catching up on all of your posts for the last couple years, Patrick. Sorry for the loss of your dog. My buddy of 14 years has been gone since '96, still miss him.
What was the outcome with your DS back window, or is it still down? I have the same problem. Motor worked fine going down but weird thing was, no matter which switch I used or which direction I pushed, it just kept going down more and more each time. All the motors need to come out to be cleaned and re-lubed and the tracks and regulators need cleaning too. Sure not looking forward to that 'project'.