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01-20-2014 01:24 PM welding done for now
I think
I put the steering rod in the box, and of course the heat
bent it. I did weld it plenty hot. You can see the square tipped up at the long end.
Three tries in the press straightened it out.
Put the column in tight, tacked it up.
apart again and welded it.
Welds are a little lumpy, but I don't weld every day.

And I don't grind them off on anything that needs strength.
The next guy in line can put in the new front end and steering column.
Off to get the bushings changed out.


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01-19-2014 04:58 PM more pics
the colum tube
bird poop on box
the sch 40 pipe nipple
kind of a fun weld, sch 40 pipe to thin wall tubing.


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01-19-2014 04:55 PM you know what they say about one step forward
The other day i started cleaning up the garage,
thinking I'm getting close to putting the block on the stand.
But oh no I'm not done with my welding yet.
I pulled the steering colum out to have bushings put in,
while I build the motor.

What a mess, what I thought was a crummy weld on a dust cover,
ended up to be a morons idea of fabrication. They used a low amp wire gun to tack
sheet metal to the box and colum. And tacks is all there was, not one solid weld. Bird poop.
I made a fix out of 1 1/4 pipe by 5 1/4 inches long. Probably would cost $2.00
to get the piece cut some where. There was a coupling tacked on the rod it self,
that weld was DODO too.
If you can't weld any better than that, quit doing it.
Now when I get the box back, I'll bave to bolt it in and tack it, pull it out to weld.
Oh well time to go watch hockey.


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01-17-2014 02:42 PM one more step
Buddy came down and helped lift the trany out.
Now I can cut the hole in the fire wall, maybe do some welding
and patching.
He told me he thought the steering colum had been shortened.
I'll cut the carp off of it and clean it up a bit.


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01-17-2014 12:18 PM steering colum is out
The bushings need replaced
The worm screws are good, bearings and races good
I'll use the races and replace the Timken's.
The pitman shaft has a diagonal slit across the splines.
When it was cleaned up and magnified
I could see some hack sawed off the pitman arm at some time.
I'm not a road racer so I doubt it will affect anything.
I will say that pitman arm was almost as stubborn as me.
Took my puller and a lot of heat.


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