Lares 972 Steering Box!
Well, I grabbed a Lares 972 from Advanced Auto with Steering Coupler #201 (Ensure it's a #201...). If you didn't know, it is a 2 1/2 turn Lock to Lock Steering box that went in with no mods to my 1968. Honestly, it's more like 2 5/8s lock to lock but, meh. Rock auto had the Pitman, idler and updated tie rods with tall joints for cheap. Took 5 hours and a rented pitman arm puller. My inners were less than one year old.
The old steering gear will come out through the bottom real easy. Don't forget to pull your steering column before you try to install the new gear...
I just moved to Indiana and don't have a grease gun, so that was a treck back to AdvAuto.
Borrow a steering wheel puller. Mine is now off by about 60*.
Lares 972 w/ new beefy coupler: $280 after Core. (Lifetime replacement Warranty)
Pitman Arm: $11 (rock auto)
5.78" Idler Arm: $ 19 (rock auto)
Outer tie rods w/ tall ball: $42 Each (rock auto)
Total: $420ish with shipping
I have the short steering arms as of now. I've read that may be twitchy; I'll let you know. As of now, I need to adjust my PS pump as the new gear makes the belt slip on slow speed turns. I am interested to see how the car drives now with the 1 1/4" Vette Brakes front and 7/8" rear anti-sway bars and 250lb composite springs. I have the BMR arms and koni's around. Hmmm... Maybe I should upgrade the 4 wheel manual drum brakes? nah.
Will update soon as I'm driving the car from Indianapolis to Virginia tomorrow. I suppose that's a test drive?
1968, 5 speed, Vintage Air Gen IV, American Auto Wire Update Series, Champion 4 Core Rad, BMR front w/ Koni's, BP Roller 383, Posi 8.2", Solid Frame Bushings