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Old 05-01-2002, 05:03 AM
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Hey guys, dose anyone know of a way to decrease the ratio of a manual steering box. Can the pitman arm be changed or is there a quicker manual box that would work. I have a 65 Beaumont (Chevelle chassis) and the steering is 6 turns lock to lock. I want to change to a smaller diameter steering wheel which will increase the turns lock to lock even more. Thanks

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Changing the steering wheel not change your turns. The wheel makes the same amount of turns. The only difference is that it will be HARDER to steer because with a smaller wheel, you will have less leverage to turn the steering shaft.

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JB, I realize that changing the steering wheel wont change the ratio, I was wondering if anyone new of a different pitman arm or box that would decrease the ratio.
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Don't want to mess with the pitman arm, you could check with wrecking yard or someone with a hollander interchange book. I just upgraded to power steering in my 67 pontiac, from manual. fairly easy upgrade if you can find a doner car.
don't mess with the geometery if you are not good
in this area. you could have steering bind up in a corner and not let you steer out of it.The thing you need to find out is what other cars can you use? From there you can isolate you efforts
6-turns, small wheel,you are going to have armstrong steering if you know what I mean. Be
careful pulling wheel, my first experence I did
it wrong, 6-stiches, 2-black eyes, broken nose
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Thanks for the advice. I have already tried a smaller steering wheel and, well lets just say I wont have to go to the gym as often. I bought a steering wheel puller a long time ago for the same reason you mentioned, except it happen to a friend. Learn from other peoples mistakes before you learn from your own. Thanks.
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Sorry Steve, misunderstood your question.

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Hey man thats ok. I was just over at a buddies and he has a 72 Chevelle and swaped in a manual box from a S10 pickup. Its a straight bolt in and you just use the original pitman arm from the car. Once its on the road I'll see if its any quicker and maybe go that route. Have you had any nice weather yet. I think it was warmer in feb in Regina than it is now.
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steve,

it's been a little cool. kind of hanging around 3-4 degs. I heard today they had white-outs in Guelph, ON about 1hr from me.

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Sure did! A guy i work with went out to his car at @ 8:00 am and he said there was 3" of snow that had not yet melted.
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