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Steering box Rebuild

jackfit

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647
Location
Maine
Corvette
66 Roadster Glen Green/Saddle
Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen

The last item of mechanical concern was my original steering box of 46 years of age. It performed wonderfully for years but it was time.

I did not want to do it myself because of special set up procedures and if done correctly , would need no work in my driving lifetime.

I called Gary Ramadei of Hartford CT....gary.ramadei@radiall.com
203-776-2813

He does profession work or both a standard build and a blueprint build. I would recommend him over the out of the box rebuild that you can buy if you wish to have your original box restored to better than factory.

Several things can go wrong with the box. The gears themselves can wear out, adjusting the lash, crashes , time, lack of grease, rust.

Gary is aware of my trip and wanted to make sure the box would be perfect....and it is.

My car has all new front components, joints, rods, bushings , PS valve , springs, Idle arm etc. . The box was the last part to do.

Here is a link to the complete set of photos , from Gary getting box to finished job.

http://s633.photobucket.com/albums/uu57/jackfit87/Steering Box Rebuild/

http://s633.photobucket.com/albums/uu57/jackfit87/Steering Box Rebuild/?albumview=slideshow


http://s633.photobucket.com/albums/uu57/jackfit87/Steering Box Rebuild/?albumview=slideshow

Here are some sample photos of the rebuild, You want a quality job done , Gary is one of the best in the business.

Old Box

http://i633.photobucket.com/albums/uu57/jackfit87
/Steering Box Rebuild/asrecd1.jpg
coveroff.jpg

washparts1.jpg

oldpitmanshaft2.jpg


Lash all the way in (bad)
lashscrewburied1.jpg


Rebuild

blasted2.jpg


New Gears Seals Bushings

newgears1.jpg

newgearmesh.jpg


Fitting and adjustments

newgearmesh.jpg

greased.jpg

looselash-gearsbottomedout.jpg


New lash

Lashmark.jpg


Marking for center of travel index

centerpreloadmarks.jpg


Finished Box

Finished2.jpg


I will do a follow up post on the alignment done today so that box all components are set up perfectly for my kind of ride.

I used Palmer Spring Company and will have photos of their shop.
They still make the springs right in their shop as well as all that is involved with suspension parts. Been in business since 1849.

I will have photos of the blacksmith shop still in use for springs and metal fabrication.

All my suspension components are stock and like new and the car rides perfectly for a 1966 corvette , just like new ( the old new) .

Jack
Jack
 

jackfit

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 26, 2008
Messages
647
Location
Maine
Corvette
66 Roadster Glen Green/Saddle
Car goes straight

I took the car out today to test the newly rebuilt box , alignment and completed suspension rebuild of the front end.

Went through the gears without any hands on wheel to see if car would stay straight

Gary did a great job, along with a shop (Palmers Spring Shop, Portland ME ) that knows how to do a vintage car alignment.

Take a ride and see for yourself

 

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