- Aug 5, 2002
- Reaction score
- Lincoln, CA
This might be ignorant...I removed the off tires for access.Yea, ball joints, crossmember bolts/rivets, tie rod ends, and steering box all contribute to that.
Yea, ball joints, crossmember bolts/rivets, tie rod ends, and steering box all contribute to that.
This might be ignorant...I removed the off tires for access.
Thanks for the direction. I put truck on jacks. Pulled off tires. I pulled and shook all areas of suspension, no movement. Rubber looked good around ball joints. I can’t find anything loose or with play, nada.
Bringing me to two things. 1. Steering box. 2. Alignment.
1. Steering box is leaking. Not terrible, but if it’s causing wander then I am ready to replace. I read about red hat. Is that the way to go? Or just standard remanufactured?
2. Alignment. It’s not visually terrible. I assume it’s best to diagnose everything before doing alignment (ex: don’t want to do again after steer box).
3. New tires /rims. New stabilizer. Anything else major I am missing. Trying to do my HW before I pay for an hr of labor to do a front end inspection.
Are you planning on getting different gears or you have the right ratio for your tire size?I learned some more. By grabbing tires at 12 and 6, I can rock the tires top to bottom. I can visibility see play in the top ball joint. Can't see movement on the bottom, but assume its probably worn too. Seems that Steering Box + Ball Joints are impacting stability/wander.
This takes me to a couple questions...
- Ball Joint Replacement. Two different shops said it's 4-5 hrs of labor to replace top and bottom ball joints on both sides. Ouch...$800-$1000 total bill...:/
What are your thoughts on tackling this on my own? Never messed with ball joints before. I dont have a press. Trying to get a sense how doable this is.
- I hate to pay $1000 on an axle that is limited to drum brakes. The truck is a 1970. I dont need to change to disc now...but hate to spend $1000 on something that isn't future proof. Do you guys see a better option to invest in a newer axle now? I am hesitant to go too crazy on scope creep. The drums are recently rebuilt and work like drums should.
The black plug in the second picture is for the original radio..
Those other plugs in the third picture look like the antenna coax plug--normally a stock radio would only have one..
I suspect the radio isn't the original one-might be a factory Delco one ,but from a different year vehicle..
The black plug has the 12V power feed & the speaker outputs on it,going by original AM radios I have had in GM vehicles in the past--its been decades since I looked at one,I think there might be only one speaker power wire on the plug and the other speaker lead goes to ground..
I think I still have a Delco am radio from a '67 Impala I had--I can look at it,I am pretty sure the wiring diagram is stamped right into the sheet metal casing on the radio itself next to the socket for the black plug..it'll say 12V+, SPKR,and the third wire I cant recall if its for the dial lamp or another speaker lead..
This site has a lot of info on the various factory radios used--the one in a 72 K5 should be like the ones they show for the 60's and some early 70's models..Ray's Chevy Restoration Site -- Chevrolet Radio Information
Regarding the 2 plugs in the glove box, I think you're right...it is something weird like that.Radio looks original. The extra antenna plug might be for a second radio, maybe a CB trying to share the antenna or something weird like that?
might search for the other end and see if it’s even connected to anything.
There was an aftermarket "splitter" that allowed you to hook up a CB to the radio antenna...it had a diode in it I think,so the CB wouldn't back feed into the radio and fry the output transistors..
I think I still have one in my dusty collection of old CB's..
That radio does "look" original,but I suspect it may be a re-pop ,most every GM car & truck I had back in the day were Delco radios..like the ones pictured in that link I posted..
Never saw one like that..
If it is original,its a very rare unit..perhaps when you get it out you might find a tag or name stamped in the case to ID it..