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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old May 16th, 19, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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Gear box question

I have no clue what box is on my car. It is 1.5 turns from center to left or right full turn.. 1.5 turn of the steering wheel to go full left... 1.5 turn of the steering wheel to go full right,, does this sound like a stock original box?
The box has a big "Z" on top, does that mean anything?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old May 16th, 19, 06:50 PM
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Re: Gear box question

It looks like a Saginaw 800 series, but they are used on dozens of cars. There is a date code stamped on the aluminum top cover, it will be in Julian date form. Julian date is a secquential date from 1 to 365 starting from the first day of the year to last day. A box stamped 142-9 would be the 142nd day of 1969. The mid to late '80's high performance Saginaw 800's can be identified by a YA, WS, or HX ink marking on the large domed end cap opposite where the steering column attaches. Those ink stampings have probably faded off in time. These units will reduce steering wheel revolutions from lock to lock down to 2 to 2 turns.

My '96 Jeep Grand Cherokee box has the "Z" cast in it as well. Here's a good read about Saginaw boxes.
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