I just installed new rear tires on my 1964 chevy impala and the driver side was hard to get on, after getting the passenger side on i noticed that the driver side was really close to the quater panel and the passenger side sits in farther away from the quater panel. is there something that needs to go on the axle to bring it back to original position? also this is leading to the drive shaft rubbing the floor board
The '64 Impala is a full frame car. Taking some exact measurements is the key to determining where the problem is coming from. Measure the back of the drum to the frame and this should help tell if the axle is centered on the frame. Then some measurements of the body to the frame would tell you if the body is centered on the frame. These would give you an idea where to start.
If I remember right, this is a rear coil suspension right? Control arms and bushings. Could be as simple as some worn parts or bent arms.
One possibility is that the body is not centered on the frame correctly. A lot of older cars have some rust in the mounting holes that open them up a little and the body can shift.
Another possibility is that it simply was drilled off a little - may have had a panel replaced or repaired sometime in it's 45 plus year life. This work may have been done to look good, but not account for a wider tire installed.
Hope this all helps give you some direction towards finding the cause of your problem. Good Luck!!
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