My radial tires look OK after about 1000 miles. I didn't bend the axle for camber so it's still the 1954 spec. I bought the skinniest tires I could get; I believe camber would affect wider tires more. I also added an anti-roll bar.
Gord&Fran, I've wondered about tread width coming into play. The original bias ply tires and two piece rims were on it when I got and I remember the tread width was narrower. I too have added a front sway bar. I've also found my tie rod has a bow in it which, if it hasn't already been adjusted out after the bow was put in it, would pull the back of the tires inward creating excessive toe in and allow tie rod flexing going down down the road. I'm anxious to dig into all of this but I need the weather to pull farther past winter so I can work on it out side. My shop is taken up by another restoration project. A 65' 442 is in pieces all over the place but I am seeing light at the end of the tunnel on that one.
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Originally Posted by showkey
No …….think the cause was a young driver at high speed and bumps and jumps over long period of time ????
WOW! I think it would take a lot of jumps, with the axle hitting the bump stop many times to do that to the axle. And I'd guess there'd be other sign of abuse, like the frame bent where the bump stops hit it.
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