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Old 04-15-2004, 07:25 AM
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C3 corvette steering slave cylinder

I need to extend the fixed end of the hydraulic steering ram to allow for clearance to the oil pan. It appears that about 1" will do it. should I use a spacer block under the original or fabricate a taller one? I've found replacements, but not the height I want. secondly, steel? aluminium? the original one is cast. Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-15-2004, 04:32 PM
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Mike. I'm currently building a street reproduction trans am 1974 Corvette. I can't see any harm putting a 1" spacer under the bracket. I would use steel as the frame and bracket are steel. You might also need to drop the idler arm on the other side 1" to get the full 1" all the way across the oil pan. How did you wind up needing the extra clearance? Buy the way nice Pan. I've got a 56 Pan/shovel and the wife has a 65 Triumph. Lots of pictures in my album. Page #4 has a good view of the steering bracket we're talking about.
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Old 04-16-2004, 06:54 AM
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I need the extra clearance because I didn't check the oilpan before I installed the engine. I think that it may be from a truck vs a car. it clears the crossmember without a problem, but the ram hits the pan and binds about 2/3 of the way to the stop. It appears that adjusting the steering will be much easier than pulling the engine again. The car is getting a 454 to replace a very tired L-82 350. Trying to make a clone of the 72-74 BB car, just as a fun driver. I've been finding an aggravating number of small differences that have slowed this project down to a crawl.
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I'm thinking that Corvette = Aggravation!! Mine spent too much time cruising the beach and the frame wasted out. I should have junked it but I thought a frame off with a good frame would'nt be that bad. Yea RIGHT! I'm down to prep and paint now but it's been quite a trip.
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Old 04-19-2004, 11:12 AM
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once I finish this one, I'm not starting any new projects for at least two years. gonna enjoy the Lincoln, and play with bikes. The Vette is for my soon to be ex wife, she has wanted another vette for years, she can have it. (I'll keep the '36 Lincoln) If I decide to get a vette, it will be done when I get it.
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