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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 19th, 04, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi all, I was wondering, does anyone know how to determine if and when to rebuild the steering box on a power steering unit? I have a 67 camaro that I am doing a frame off resto, I dont want to stick a bad piece of anything back into the car if I can help it, but I dont want to waste any $ either. Please help if anyone knows about this thank's...j
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 04, 11:44 AM
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If it's leaking that's a good sign it needs rebuilding. You could also disconnect the center link and try moving the pitman arm to check for excessive play. I think there is an adjustment you can make to take up the slop.

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 04, 02:39 PM
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How did the steering feel before, and what shape was the rest of the car in? How will you use it? Is it a trailered concourse, or a weekend fun ride, or a corner carver?

I suppose, at least in theory, any/all moving parts on a 35 y o car have worn past their prime...





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I really cant remember how the steering was originally, the whole car wasn't in that great of shape! I plan on making it a street carving weekend warrior. Everything is poly added sway bars 2" drop spindles and what ever might come up? thanks for the info I will have to try and locate that adjustment, If not does anyone know where to find a rebuild manual and kit for the power steering box? thank's...Jason
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I did mine in stages, as funds were available. It was (all original &) really loose when I started.

First year was all moving parts, 1" addco bar, Guldstrand mod, & shocks. (except pitman arm)
Second year was 4 new springs, including all new rubber in the back.
Final year was '87 IROC power steering box, pitman arm, and wheels and tires.

The last stage REALLY did the trick. The feel and response of the 2nd gen steering box is amazing, and the Eagle F1's stick like they are glued to the road.





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I did mine in stages, as funds were available. It was (all original &) really loose when I started.

First year was all moving parts, 1" addco bar, Guldstrand mod, & shocks. (except pitman arm)
Second year was 4 new springs, including all new rubber in the back.
Final year was '87 IROC power steering box, pitman arm, and wheels and tires.

The last stage REALLY did the trick. The feel and response of the 2nd gen steering box is amazing, and the Eagle F1's stick like they are glued to the road.





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JimM: How did the 2nd gen steering box fit/ did it fit into the original cut out of the frame or were major mods needed? thanks...Jason
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The box fit like it was born there... Guy here named Brian Lewis wrote up a tech article on how to do it, search, good info.
I needed a specific rag joint, and adapters for the original hoses.
Had to pull the pitman arm and bend a brake line to get it out and in. Did not have to remove or loosen the hookers.
Search in suspension's 4 months or so ago?, you'll find Brian's stuff, and my posts from the swap. I don't miss that "pinky Power" steering, not one little bit.





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Jim was referring to a Third Generation Box in a First Gen not a 2nd generation box, in any case here is the LINK
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Oops, yes, exactly, thanks for the correction Brian!





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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 04, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanx jim m, and brian lewis!...jason
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