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steering box

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jroymcd, Jul 25, 2005.

  1. jroymcd

    jroymcd Registered Member

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    on my 1974 blazer i need a new steering box and to replace the hoses. is this a pretty easy job for someone with basic skills and tools. should i just run a stock re-built 4x4 steering box?
     
  2. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Its an easy remove and replace if you are going like for like .

    You need to get a pan and remove the low pressure hose from the metal line going into the box , its the one that uses hose clamps , and point that hose towards the pan . Let it drain as you go grab a beer .

    With a line wrench ( I use a regular wrench , cheapy guy I am ) remove the hoses from the top of the box . You will only reuse the small section of hard line from the low pressure side .

    You may need to remove the pump if you have no room to work , to remove the high pressure hose end behind the pump .

    Now box removal is easy . Just remove the bolt that holds the pitman arm on , and drop the pitman arm . That way you don't have to play with rod ends ( assuming they are good anyways ) . Undo the bolts on the sterring ragjoint/coupler . If you are smart , you can leave the steering shaft where it is , undo the bolts that hold the box on , and drop the box away from the steering shaft without loosening anything on your steering shaft .

    Now to put it back together , put new ragjoint on the new box ( larescorp.com makes nice steel belted ones ) and tighten retaining bolt . Put a pice of tape on the output shaft and turn ragjoint and count the turns of the output shaft , find what seems like the center , and leave it there so the pitman arm can go back on later and steering wheel should be where ya left it . Now set box down . Grab a beer . Put pressure hose on pump , and new loe pressure hose on pump ( cut to same length as old , or add some to route your way ) . Put box back up and into the steering column shaft , having helper helps . Tighten all bolts . Install hoses . Grab abeer and then come back and double check all bolts and hoses . Add fluid , start and turn box lock to lock while stationary , add more fluid as it just got sucked in to box , turn lock to lock again , check fluid level .

    If it feels tight while driving , there is air left in there . Go park and work that thing lock to lock until its gone and shes smooth as butter . :D
     
  3. BigCountryx

    BigCountryx 1/2 ton status

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    Nice write up Paully, now how about just swapping out the sector shaft?
     
  4. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    I am never gonna bother , I found the guy that machines dropped pitmans for 4x4 boxes for crossover with stock box . When I have some money to psare I am getting one :D
     
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    all i would add is save old hoses to use as spares, and old rag joint :D
    oh and while you got the box out put in a brace
     
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    Where can you get them at?
     
  7. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    I found it in this post http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=114506
    I went into the user profile and got the weblink , couldn't find it on the site . Emailed the guy , he said he was making some more . As soon as I have the cash I am getting one . I will be going crossover with front to back in the trailbox for emergencies :D

    This is cool [​IMG]
     
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    highrlr 1/2 ton status

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    Thats really cool. He has some cool stuff on his website too, I like how he countersinks the holes in his axle shims to releive stress on the center pin. It is kinda pricey, but probably cheaper and alot easier than a whole new steering box.
     
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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    Cheap Autozone 2wd gearbox is 139.99 plus 85.00 core for a 77 K5 .

    Junkyard or used 2wd box is cheaper , but will need seals etc , I know my gearbox leaked like a sieve .

    Just the sector shaft is doable , but then you still need to buy an arm .
     
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    exactly on the 3rd...

    2wd box for free from a friend...
    took each sector shaft out and swapped them.... never removed my box....
    and used ord xover for steering arm to passenger side arm... NICE setup :wink1:
     
  11. jroymcd

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    so i could just run a 2wd steering box and its a direct bolt on?
     
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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    From a truck yes , and you have to buy a drop pitman arm for the 2wd box .

    Do not use car boxes , they bolt on the inside framerail .
     
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    no vans and no s-10s or el caminos, either

    has to be C/K series)full series) truck
    1/2 through 1 ton

    good luck
     
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    so after buying the drop pitman arm would it be worth it? is it as strong?
     
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    Chaddy 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    it is just as strong and you will eliminate the crappy push pull system. get a hydro assist from rocklogic4x4.com $250!!
     

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