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I have my steering box off...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by k5freak44, Sep 16, 2005.

  1. k5freak44

    k5freak44 1/2 ton status

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    Hey guys, i just took off my steering box and i have some questions.

    What is the best way to find cracks?

    I only have one crack for sure, but there are some deep gouges thast im not sure what they are.

    Could this nasty DW im getting be from a bad power steering pump?

    When i took my box off the fluid smelled dreadful.

    Oh and whats a good size hole to do at each end of my crack before i weld it?\

    Any good welding techniques?

    Thanks guys

    Jon
     
  2. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    wire brush and brake cleaner . this will remove lots of crap. then look over good. if needed post pics we will help ya.
     
  3. PsychoticDeadGuy

    PsychoticDeadGuy 1/2 ton status

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    what method of welding can you do? i would say to make a groove all the way down the crack and TIG weld it...
     
  4. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    For good weld penetration you will want to "V" out the crack before welding and make sure it's nice clean metal so it doesn't contaminate. I'm sure a MIG would be just fine for the repair.

    BTW -> You didn't mention it, but I really HOPE you are taking this opportunity to also add the weld-in steering box brace and the triangulating bracket on the rear side. The current crack is your "wake up call"...even a competent repair is likely to crack again if you don't add some additional beef. The steering box area is a notoriously weak area on the K5s.... fix it right, and fix it ONCE. :waytogo:
     
  5. k5freak44

    k5freak44 1/2 ton status

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    i bought a bolt on brace from a ck5 member so i hopefully will be crackless in the future.

    i only welded one crack, the only one i found. I used a cutting wheel to V out the crack and i welded it, and ground it smoothe.
     
  6. Jagged

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    Hate to hijack, but I have a question relating to this; has anyone had any success with stop-drilling, as opposed to the 'V' cut?

    Only reason I ask is our structures guys in the AF use stop-drilling to prevent cracks in airframe structures from progressing.
     
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    would stick welding be alright for this. and what size hole to drill. I 've got the same crack
     
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    Considering the cracks are from the box trying to come off the frame, I think stop-drilling will not be effective.
     

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