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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 18th, 20, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Pitman Arm Nut

So i have pulled off the rack and pinion and bolted up my new quick ratio steering gear as well as loosely bolted on the center link and tie rods. After looking at many old threads, most of which were concerned with the size of the pitman arm nut, I haven't found anything on how to actually torque the nut. Do I do some hayseed engineering with a two by four to hold the arm or does the weight of the car need to be on the wheels to hold it in place?

Hopefully not the latter as I am not really ready to drop the car at this time. I am really hoping there is a simple solution to this problem.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 18th, 20, 04:17 PM
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Re: Pitman Arm Nut

If me, I would measure the degrees on both sides of 'center' and if off, make the appropriate adjustment, then insert a 2X4 between the arm and pass side frame rail and tighten away.
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Re: Pitman Arm Nut

I hit it with an impact. Castle nut gets a cotter pin so torque is really not that big of a deal

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Re: Pitman Arm Nut

I run them down with an impact also but the sector shaft has a lock washer, no cotter pin.

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Re: Pitman Arm Nut

Thanks guys. I did some good old fashioned Rube Goldberg and cut a two by four to fit between the spindle and the arm. I thought about the impact but at the end of the day it's tight enough until the car is on the ground and I can hit it again. My steering box had a large lock washer and relatively flat nut, no castle or cotter.
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