Replacement Saginaw steering box doesn't fit.
I’m trying to replace a stock Saginaw Steering Gear in a 1968 Camaro SS clone and am running into header clearance issues blocking the new box install.I bought this car with a stock 47 year old Saginaw box installed with a 396 block and Hooker #2457 two inch long-tube headers.The steering is loose and needs a new box.After installing a Tremec TKO 600 trans and re-aligning the pinion angle, the number 5 cylinder header tube began laying on the steering box.I determined the engine was mounted with the shorter frame mounts / taller engine mounts so I changed them over to the taller frame mounts / shorter engine mounts.This resulted in raising the engine about 5/8” and moving it towards the passenger side 3/8”.(This also caused the air cleaner – 3” element – to hit the stock SS hood.)So here is my real question.I know these boxes are supposed to clear the headers (tube dented) and my guess is they will once the box is bolted up.Getting the new box in there is the problem. It was rebuilt with new internals by Lee Mfg. The box measurements are identical.What is the best way to do this?Can I just unbolt the header itself to install the new box or do I have to unbolt the engine mounts and use an engine hoist to lift the engine a bit.Has anyone had this issue and resolved it? Thanks
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