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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Dec 4th, 01, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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I started my 67SS for the first time today and when I did the wheels turned to the left all by themselves. I can move them back to the right but only to the point where they are completely straight and not any farther. I even jacked up the car and tried to move them to the right by hand and they wouldn't budge.
When I first purchased the car the rag joint was broken and the power steering hoses weren't hooked up. I've since replaced the rag joint and hooked up the hoses in what I think are the correct position. What do you guys think could be causing this? Do I have the hoses routed to the wrong inlets on the steering box? Could it possibly be a bad steering box? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Dec 4th, 01, 10:51 AM
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Hoses might be reversed.
Presure hose should go to steering box port closest to the engine.
I believe the inlet has a check valve in it which would cause a pressure buildup in the box if hoses were reversed.
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That ones got me...! David may be right on this one... Please let us know what you find! I'd love to hear what it turnes out to be. Normally if you'd crossed the hoses it makes a hard turn to the left I believe and has been know to break a wrist on startup if you had in the wrong place. Again make sure to let us all know!

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Well I checked the hoses and they are in the correct place. I unhooked the rag joint, jacked up the car and tried to turn the wheels by hand and they still wouldn't turn to the right. I unhooked the pitman arm from the center link and still couldn't move it.

I think the problem is with my steering
box. I don't know if I should buy a new one, try to get one from a donor car or get the one I have rebuilt. How much would a rebuild cost if I decide to go that route?
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The steering box may be damaged or stuck.
You can get a rebuilt exchange replacement from an auto parts store.
If you want a faster box get one of the AGR boxes. http://www.agrsteering.com/
Their pricing is very competetive.
I paid $600. for my box and pump to be rebuilt and revalved at 12.7 to 1 ratio at Lee Steering. And I provided good cores!
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old Dec 4th, 01, 06:16 PM
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Yes, the manual valve in the gear box(the one that turns slightly to open L/R passages is stuck to one side..The valve is servicable but easier to replace the entire rear box...Now you know why the hoses were off and the rag joint was broken...someone disconnected the hoses due to the faulty box, and drove it without p. steering until the rag joint finally gave out from excessive stress.


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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 01, 07:56 AM
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I bought a fast ratio rebuilt power steering box from Kragen earlier this year for $179 plus core. Works great. I did a manual to power conversion, so I wasn't concerned with production date on the case.
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Sounds great, did they tell you the ratio?
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Try SPEEDWAY, out in Nebraska for a good price w/o a core. Or at least the last time I looked. pdq67



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