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Old 01-28-2011, 01:04 PM
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Straight axle steering box problem

Hi everyone,

I am running a gasser style front end.
The steering arms are on the rear side of the spindles.
The steering box is a Vega and the pitman arm faces the rear.
The problem is: (I'm sure the other old guys know what's coming)

When I turn the steering wheel right, the wheels go left.

Without a tremendous amount of re-work, I can't move the drag link/pitman
arm to the front.

Does anyone offer a some worm/pinion arrangement..that when the input shaft turns right the output turns left?


I have looked at the "reverse boxs" but they are just a mirror image of the normal box...and will not work..

Thanks in advance,
Bob

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Hi everyone,

I am running a gasser style front end.
The steering arms are on the rear side of the spindles.
The steering box is a Vega and the pitman arm faces the rear.
The problem is: (I'm sure the other old guys know what's coming)

When I turn the steering wheel right, the wheels go left.

Without a tremendous amount of re-work, I can't move the drag link/pitman
arm to the front.

Does anyone offer a some worm/pinion arrangement..that when the input shaft turns right the output turns left?


I have looked at the "reverse boxs" but they are just a mirror image of the normal box...and will not work..

Thanks in advance,
Bob
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Old 01-28-2011, 02:19 PM
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I bought a Vega arm that faces forward for my 32 Roadster.

I have a Uni-Steer half rack on my 32 3W.
The Uni-Steer bolts up to a Vega bolt pattern.





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Old 01-28-2011, 02:23 PM
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Try and PM 1971BB427 and he can probably help you out on this subject.
He built the one on the right.
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You should be able to take the Pittman arm off and relocate it on the steering box shaft 180 degrees from stock. Then mount the box farther forward with the Pittman arm pionting toward the rear of the car instead of the front. If your box has a blind spline on the shaft you will have to use a die grinder to cut a new one on the Pittman arm or either take it to a machinist. I tend to like a cross steer system using a Cavalier rack.
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Move the steering gear rearward and reset the pitman arm so it is pointing straight out toward the front of the car with the steering gear centered.

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Thanks for all the replies...I am attaching some pix, so you can see the corner I have painted myself into..

I can't move the box back...no room..
If I move the pitman arm 180..I'll have oil pan and shock collision..
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If you move the steering gear back toward the firewall, and move the pitman arm so it points toward the front of the car instead of the rear, the end of the pitman arm and your drag link will still be in the same relative location in relation to the oil pan. Since the arc of the drag link will then bring it closer to the pan as it moves, you likely will have to notch the pan for clearance.

I can't tell from the photos how there is a clearance problem for the shocks.

When setting up steering and suspension as you are right now, I would take out some of the leafs in the front springs so you can easily get the axle sitting at ride height. That way you can really see what your clearances are.

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