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65 chevelle steering box upgrade?

Does anyone know about using a Jeep steering box for an upgrade to a 65 chevelle steering? I read something a while back saying something about it but I dont know where I had read it. Thanks

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never used one, built 66, 69,70 chevelles , 70 monte , really no need to change perfection. if you are road racing or the like then maybe!! That dam bookmark would be nice now!! if you read it please goggle it or Bing it.
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Borgeson.com is the answer for steering boxes..they can do the fast ratio or what ever you need..

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I don't know about a jeep steering box, but O'Reilly Auto has a close ratio box for a 65' Chevelle for $159.00. I put one on my 65' Chevelle and went from 4 1/4 turns lock to lock to 2 1/2 turns.
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I don't know about a jeep steering box, but O'Reilly Auto has a close ratio box for a 65' Chevelle for $159.00. I put one on my 65' Chevelle and went from 4 1/4 turns lock to lock to 2 1/2 turns.
Is your steering tight? I want to get rid of the "play". I looked up on a chevelle forum that said a Jeep grand cherokee steering box will make it tight and smooth. The swap to the Jeep box costs about the same. I would prefer to use the close ratio chevelle box if I can get the same results.
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Those are all Saginaw boxes purchased by what ever company/factory was making the car, and generally interchangeable with minor parts swapping. Other places to look are in F- and G-body GM cars, the box in my older El Camino is from a scrapped '79 Cutlass--I think--and works great even without the fastest available ratio. Just do a little research about variations and pick your ratio by testing at the junkyard. There should be zero play in any good power steering box.

GM/Saginaw steering boxes, in the day, made the difference between a car that was a pleasure to drive or one like other brands that had a quarter-turn slop to have to diddle with brand-new, so you're already ahead just by having the easy swap available.
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 94 to 97. The box bolts into a 65 Chevelle. You have to change the rag joint from 13/16" 36 spline to 3/4" 36 spline. Use the chevelle Pitman arm, it bolts right up. The only other change needed is the fitting on the pressure hose at the box. You need this adapter, O-Ring to Inverted Flare Power Steering Adapter - Speedway Motors, America's Oldest Speed Shop the stock hose will fit right into the box
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Yes, mine is tight and smooth. It has been for about 2 years now and no play at all.
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 94 to 97. The box bolts into a 65 Chevelle. You have to change the rag joint from 13/16" 36 spline to 3/4" 36 spline. Use the chevelle Pitman arm, it bolts right up. The only other change needed is the fitting on the pressure hose at the box. You need this adapter, O-Ring to Inverted Flare Power Steering Adapter - Speedway Motors, America's Oldest Speed Shop the stock hose will fit right into the box
Is there a benefit to using this Jeep box over a new close ratio chevelle box?
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Is there a benefit to using this Jeep box over a new close ratio chevelle box?
For all practical purposes they are the same box. I buy the Jeep boxes for $50 at the salvage yard. They are both Saginaw 800 series boxes
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