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I'm after a bit of advice here regarding my 72 beetle's front beam.

The problem is that the drivers side wheel is nicely central in relation to the wing and there is about 4cm of clearance but on the passenger side the wheel is well forward and has about 1cm of clearance.

The camber is a little odd as both are set using the marked dot to the same position but resultant wheel cambers are not the same.

I have elliminated the beam as the problem by switching the crappy Puma one for a genuine one.

All the ball joints are in working order.
All the bolts holding the beam on are tight and straight.
There is nothing between the beam and the frame head.
The torsion drop arms all look ok and I have tried different ones.

I suspect that the frame head is not aligned properly as I think it has been replaced in the past.

I plan on taking it to a tyre specialist to get the camber/tracking done and will get them to check if this is causing the problem.

Assuming that this is the case what's my next step?
I was thinking about modifying some caster shims to try to restore the front geometry as I am not keen on replacing the whole frame head.

Any other ideas.

Cheers

Iain.
 

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caster shims to try to restore the front geometry
I'm afraid you are right on target.

As you experiment, take measurements from each front wheel
to back (centre-to-centre) to get the alignment approximately correct.

As you realise, this is a crude fix, but may avoid rewelding the head.
 

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Try and measure from somewhere good on the chassis.Crappy aftermarket wings or bad bodywork repairs could mislead you.
 
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