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Old 10-29-2007, 03:06 PM
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why is it stiff?

i just bought a 1969 f-250 and the steering is so stiff it is hard to turn.. impossible if not moving. any inexpensive ideas?

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Old 10-29-2007, 03:09 PM
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It must not have power steering...if not you could put power steering on it.
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In 69, I am pretty sure they still had king pins on the Ford pickups............probably need grease.........if I remember correctly, it was a common problem on those.
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Yep, they had king pins for as long as they used the twin I-beam I would guess. But for sure in '69 and way beyond they did. Sounds like classic sticky king pins to me. Unhook the tie rod ends from the spindles and see how hard it is to turn the wheels by hand, when they're off the ground of course.
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if it lasts more than 4 hours seek immediate medical attention.
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What are the rims ??

A set of wider rims/tires ( especially with offset to the outside ) will make the truck very difficult to drive at low speed.

The F-250 will have larger tires and rims than a standard pickup.
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if you haven't already found it, i'd like to introduce you to www.fordification.com great tech on your old truck. some goobers in the peanut gallery, but some great tech.
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your truck

I have owned two or three of these late 60's ford pick ups and have worked on a lot of them. I will tell you that the problum with your steering is the king pins are froze up. You can try greasing them but they most likley will not take grease. Now there are a couple of thing that you can do you can replace the king pins and bushing to do it right or you can try heating them up with a rose bud tip on a torch untill cherry red while turning the wheel back and forth. Be sur to grease them after they cool back down.

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