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Old 02-01-2014, 10:02 AM
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Vega box top removal

While I am touching up the paint on the frame rails after reworking the shock mounts, I would like to repaint the vega box as well. I thought that I would also like to polish the cap where the adjustment bolt is. My question is can I remove that cap without messing up the adjustment. I am happy with the way it steers and don't want to change anything. From the images I've found on google it looks as if it just lifts off but there is probably more to it than that. Any one done this??
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Sinc you don't have a pitman arm on the box,you can remove the 3 cap screws and pull the whole sector shaft out with the cap.Just make sure the box is centered or the shaft won't pull out.As long as you don't mess with the adjusting screw you won't change anything.
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Thanks 39, the picture was from when I first built the hot rod so it's all together now. I think I will just try to clean and polish the cap where it is so that I don't mess everything up. Judging from the few drawings I was able to find it was hard to tell what exactly was fastened to the cap by the adjustment screw. So as usual plan B will go into effect. Thanks again for your help!
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Are those boxes full of oil and if so, when you take one apart, how do you properly refill with the proper amount of oil? I have one that is seeping a tad and I'd like to replace the seals. Unless they all seep a smidge as part of doing their job.
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I have done this!

The easy way is to pull one bolt at a time tape off the painted area and polish the area you pulled the bolt from reinstall that bolt and proceed to the next polish and reinstall that bolt and then to the last bolt ETC ETC!

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Are those boxes full of oil and if so, when you take one apart, how do you properly refill with the proper amount of oil? I have one that is seeping a tad and I'd like to replace the seals. Unless they all seep a smidge as part of doing their job.
The usual reason for the seepage is a worn sector shaft bushing. Replacing just the seal doesn't really fix it. Replacement bushings are available, but the box has to be disassembled to install them.
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Jester, thanks for the idea. I pulled the bolts one at a time and smoothed the heads and polished them. Then worked the cap in each corner while the bolt was out as well as more after the bolt was reinstalled. The whole plan would have been easier if the steering box was removed but it wasn't. I have trouble getting a good photo as my camera doesn't focus very close but I hope you can see that the cap is taking a pretty good polish. It will of course look a lot better after I mask it off and repaint vega box to match the frame. Thanks again for all the help and ideas. I may have to wait for warmer weather to paint but will re-post afterwards.
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Looks good

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One last picture. The Vega box is painted now and more work on it can wait until the spring thaw. At least it looks less road weary than it did. Thanks to all the hotrodders who answered my question and offered advice!
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