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Straight and True Wheels

WE LOVE SIMPLE, low-tech tips that result in better models. Our friend Darron “Cooter” Blackmore sent us a simple tip that uses two bricks and a few quarters to ensure a car’s wheels go on straight and true.

Pieces of 2x4 lumber could be substituted if you can’t find two bricks but, unlike wood, the weight of the bricks keeps them from shifting during this process.

First, with the body off and the front and rear axles installed on the chassis, sandwich the axle with the widest axle width squarely between the two bricks. If your front and rear axles are the same width you won’t need the quarters. However, if one axle is narrower, insert quarters between the brick and the axle to properly align the wheels.
It doesn’t get much simpler than that!


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