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Steering box adjustment

Hey Guys,
I found out part of my hard steering problem in the 34' might be the adjustment in the box itself. Problem is someone before me ground down the adjusting bolt flush with the top of the nut. Does anyone out there have a junk mid size Ford steering box, like late 60's Mustang or 70's Maverick, Merc Monarch or such that they would sell me the adjuster bolt and nut that screws down from the top of the steering box cover?
Thanks, Kyle-hot34coupe
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The parts you need are available new at your local Ford dealers parts counter. They shouldn't cost more than $10-15 I would guess.
That box was used in 60-65 Falcons/Comets, 65-73 Mustangs, The Maverick/Comet series in the 70s, and others.

Steering boxes should be adjusted only when disconnected from the pitman arm or drag link. It is best to check the box out inside if you think there may a wear problem. Clean it out with your favorite solvent, check the rolling block tooth wear and wear on the pitman arm. Check for evidence of leaks at the seal around the pitman arm and steering shaft and replace as neccesary.
If all is well, follow the simple adjustment in the Ford repair manual and reassemble with quality steering box lubricant.

The biggest KILLER of steering boxes is lack of lubrication and/or improper adjustment procedures. Adjustment is NEVER CORRECT if the steering linkage is connected while adjusting.
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The parts you need are available new at your local Ford dealers parts counter. They shouldn't cost more than $10-15 I would guess.
That box was used in 60-65 Falcons/Comets, 65-73 Mustangs, The Maverick/Comet series in the 70s, and others.

Steering boxes should be adjusted only when disconnected from the pitman arm or drag link. It is best to check the box out inside if you think there may a wear problem. Clean it out with your favorite solvent, check the rolling block tooth wear and wear on the pitman arm. Check for evidence of leaks at the seal around the pitman arm and steering shaft and replace as neccesary.
If all is well, follow the simple adjustment in the Ford repair manual and reassemble with quality steering box lubricant.

The biggest KILLER of steering boxes is lack of lubrication and/or improper adjustment procedures. Adjustment is NEVER CORRECT if the steering linkage is connected while adjusting.
I went to the local Ford dealership today, went into the parts dept. and told them what I wanted. These guys couldn't find there *** with both hands and written instructions. Finally found one person in the parts dept with an IQ over 25 and he said I quote " Sorry mister, we ain't got no parts listin's back past 1980. Don't evin' have it on micro-fiss" I said , "I'm sorry, I keep forgeting where I am. "
So, again, if anyone has this steering box adjusting bolt and nut wants to sell it, please let me know.
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If all they did was grind it down to the top of the nut, why can't you take the nut off and cut a slot in the top of the adjusting screw for a screwdriver? Put the nut back on and adjust the box.

Failing that, have you tried the junkyard?


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steering box adjustment

Well, I had a copy of Drive magazine sitting on my headboard and figured I would look in there for any mustang parts suppliers. I found a place in CA that sells new and used vintage parts. Called them up, they had one ,-adjustment bolt, $10.00 shipped to my door. Should have by end of week. Now to address the other 101 items on the 34'
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