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Hey? Who rebuilds 1930-34 chevy steering boxes?

Well...After MANY fights with the ol lady and MANY MANY runs ins with the "code compliance" "officers" I finally got some major work did on the ol truck. I decided to keep the original steering box but it is very worn. Lot's of left to right play in it. So does anybody know where I can get a new one, or if not, then does anybody know where I can get mine rebuilt? The truck WAS a Chevy 1.5 ton dually flatbed. The steering box is original. I need something that will fit that factory steering box mounting hole because I don't want to cut the frame out there.And I'm leaving the original fenders on it, so not really lookin to mount a steering box anywhere else. Also, I am keeping the original steering columb and wheel if that matters to anyone. So where can I buy a new or rebuilt one or go to get mine rebuit? Thanks.

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I do a basic check on ford boxes to evaluate box health.
I disconnect pitman arm.
I loosen the pitman arm needle bearing preload bolt a little.
I tighten worm gear (steering shaft) preload nut while turning steering shaft through full range.
If the ball bearing races are pitted you will feel it should be rebuilt.
I turn worm gear preload nut in till bearings start to feel rough then back out till worm gear ball bearings turn smooth; tighten lock nut.
I begin tightening pitman arm preload until there is minimal play.
Finally with both preloads set I fully stroke worm gear shaft to check for sticking points and also for slop variances. Worm gear may be good in some areas and pitted in others.
If box does not pass test, I dissassemble and inspect all races for pitting.
Sometimes light pitting can be machined out. If you are extremely lucky, the races will be fine and you can replace the bearings.
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Try borgeson.com they rebuild all kinds of boxes and may be able to help you..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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