Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bloomingdale, Il
Re: Remanufactured 3rd Gen steering boxes
I have yet to talk to anyone that has used an ACDelco box! Most guys say that they used the Cardone box, life is good....Amen.
But, there are lots of posts about problems varying from stripped hose threads, to wrong valving, wrong ratio, etc.
Over the weekend I stopped by two local chain part stores. Here are my findings, no bash intended....Neither had ACDelco boxes. The first place had two Cardone boxes in stock. The 1st one the kid brought out looked real ugly. Deep rust pits. It looked like the case had been cranked into a large vise and left deep gouges. It may have been dropped which dented the end cap. I'm not building a show quality car, but please! The 2nd box looked like the output shaft had been beaten with a hammer, probably to get the pitman off without a puller. The nut wouldn’t thread all the way on the shaft.
Next store, also two Cardone boxes in stock. The 1st looked like it came off a donor car then right into a box. Old grease around the seals, a drop of Brown fluid oozed out. The 2nd box counted about 3 ½ - 4 turns stop to stop. Wrong box??
SO, now at this point I have a bad feeling about Cardone boxes even though lots of guys have had good luck with them. Bad day I guess! I am at best a year away from making this car test-driveable. I doubt that any retailer would exchange a mechanical part a year later. I should probably wait to buy and install the box when the time comes. But it would be nice to have it painted, installed, and plumbed before I put the front end sheetmetal back on the car.
I am just trying to research the options available. I never expected to not hear any opionions about ACDelco Rebuilds!!
Beat it to Fit, Paint it to Match!
Last edited by Johnny B; May 20th, 08 at 09:18 AM.
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