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Re: Toe In Adjustment ??
While having a shop do it whith fancy equipment can be good, it is only as good as the operator. If you not sure of the operator, IMO your better off doing it yourself. (I've had terrible experiances at the local Goodyear outlet. Much less a chain store.)
A Beam axle is simple to set the toe on anyway. A Reasonably level work area. Suspension loaded is important as mentioned. Turntables are nice but not neccessary. You can scribe the line with or without paint. Jack up a wheel and rotate it, better if someone else does the rotating. Use a screw driver cantelevered on something solid, about the height of a coffe can. Measure front and rear of the lines as high as the chassis will let you, but the same height front and rear. After getting it where you think it should be, roll it back a foot or so, and back forward. That will set the load, and re-check. If it doesn't settle down in one or two tries, start looking for something loose like wheel bearings, rod ends or kingpins.
I have done every kind of suspension this way with no problems. Race cars, trucks, street cars, you name it.