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Old 02-06-2003, 03:47 PM
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I need to know if you guys think this is a bad(unsafe) idea. You might want to look at the pics I just loaded to understand what I'm trying to do. The box is out of a mid 90's nissan truck. I need the output shaft to be about 3.5" longer to work on my lightweight T roadster. My current thought is to cut the arm off the pitman and keep the splines from it. Press the splines on the shaft. Thread a piece of heavy walled tube onto the shaft and weld it to the pitman arm splines. Fabricate a flat steel pitman arm and attach it to the end.

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If properly welded it should work, but if I understand what propose you won't be able to remove the arm (correct?) Another method would be to weld a 1 1/2" (approximite)dia. pipe to the splined section of the arm then you could bolt it on & off. (nut inside pipe) You can still fab. a flat pittman arm to the end. I'm sure you could come up with a design to complement the car.

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You may want to check if it is legal to have modified steering components. I believe some states and provinces have laws against it. Make sure your weldor really knows his stuff.
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Are those mounts made for the box you have? You may be better off and safer finding a box with a longer shaft, I've seen small tractor units that look like they would work and some of those have 6" or 8" output shafts. I think you should consider the safest way first after looking at that wild turbo setup on your engine. Who was the bored person who designed that? Let us know if it works. Looks like it will be one wild ride when you finish it.
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