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Old 07-03-2006, 02:34 PM
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steering box adjustment

I have just a small amount of play in my steering wheel (maybe 1 inch at the center) but at either end (full turn to the right or left) I have about 3 inches of play in the wheel. I have an adjustment at the top, opposite the pitman arm, and a concentric adjustment at the end of the steering shaft. Can anyone tell me which one needs adjusting? (due to the location of the new motor mounts for the 350 I can't get to the adjusters without dropping the entire box, column, exhaust etc. Which makes "adjust it and then try it" a real pain. Been there, done that, twice. Knowing what I'm going after would be a big help) 41 Pontiac, original front suspension and box. thanks, don

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I can't help you directly but you might want to check out this site to see if any of the manuals on line have any info that relates to your steering box.

http://www.oldcarmanual.com/
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The basic procedure for later boxes, (525's, vegas, etc), involves dropping the pitman arm, loosining the adjuster screw at the top of the sector shaft, tightining the bearing housing/nut until the steering input shaft (from the column),has all the play taken out, and there is a 2 to 4 inch pound drag on the bearings, then re tightining the sector shaft (pitman arm shaft), adjuster until there is an additional 2-4 inch pound drag on the box as a whole. You will have some problem making that procedure to work as your box has (presumably) alot of wear. and it is very hard to find an in-lbs torque meter with a 0-30inch pounds range.
I would try to just snug up the input shaft until just before it starts to get clunky, then adjusting the sector shaft intil you get the play out. Do this sector adjustment with the box centered only, you can't do anything about the looseness off center beyond what you will get from the adjustment at center position. It is because of the way the gears are ground with a "hard spot" at center. You can do all of this in the car if you have access to the screws etc ,but it is much easier to do it on the bench, once you know what you have to do. If it feels good on the bench,chances are, it will feel good in the car.
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I can't help you directly but you might want to check out this site to see if any of the manuals on line have any info that relates to your steering box.

http://www.oldcarmanual.com/

Hey that is a cool site home brew,
I got some stuff they could use.
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