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Look what I found! WTB: '65 Steering box or gears
Posted by: Coho Cliff ()
Date: January 07, 2018 10:11AM

Decided to tackle that slop in the steering box today. Doesn't look good. Surprisingly everything else in the box looks good, Doesn't matter since those two gears aren't available (at Clarks or anywhere else I looked) and even if they were, the price is astronomical.

So, looking at several places that have rebuilt Corvair steering boxes available, and apparently with choice of steering shaft length. and wondering if anyone has experience with these? OR if you know of other sources for steering boxes in good condition and reasonable prices?

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Re: Look what I found
Posted by: Mel ()
Date: January 07, 2018 10:22AM

She's junk, condition is quite common sad smiley

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Re: Look what I found
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: January 07, 2018 10:22AM

You've never told us where you are! Most likely still in the PNW?

Local Chapters of CORSA may have some...

Cal Corvair should also

What is your Shaft length?





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Re: Look what I found! WTB: '65 Steering box or gears
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: January 07, 2018 10:42AM

Even in the drier climates corroded steering boxes are a problem.

The top seal on the input shaft fails and when you drive in water it is splashed on the steering shaft and runs down into the box.

Hint: to those that haven't done it - pull the box and install new seals.

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Re: Look what I found! WTB: '65 Steering box or gears
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: January 07, 2018 10:55AM

My guess is Iowa, right? Location is important or availability and shipping.

Anyway - in order to help with getting a replacement, we would need to know the input shaft length they you need. If you just want to use other parts to rebuild yours, any other box will work (except a quick-steering ratio box). The "Nut" and the pitman arm are the same in all years. (The Nut is unique to the quick boxes.) your input shaft looks okay, but we cannot really tell from your photo.

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Re: Look what I found! WTB: '65 Steering box or gears
Posted by: Coho Cliff ()
Date: January 07, 2018 10:58AM

Actually, I'm in North Iowa so you might figure Midwest salt and slush did the trick. BUT, the car lived its entire life in So Cal and not a lick of rust, other than under the battery. Still, I can see how a bad seal on the steering shaft would've caused the trouble, even sunny So. Cal.

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Re: Look what I found! WTB: '65 Steering box or gears
Posted by: RobertC ()
Date: January 07, 2018 11:24AM

Coho Cliff Wrote:
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> Actually, I'm in North Iowa so you might figure
> Midwest salt and slush did the trick. BUT, the car
> lived its entire life in So Cal and not a lick of
> rust, other than under the battery. Still, I can
> see how a bad seal on the steering shaft would've
> caused the trouble, even sunny So. Cal.

Yes, water may get past the seal.

Most likely cause is that some of the grease "liquefied"...

Plus, the steering box was never serviced in the past 50 years.

No one "topped off" the steering box with fresh grease - forcing old / liquefied grease past the seal - My mechanic of yore used to carefully slip a paper clip past the steering shaft seal - to relieve pressure.

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Re: Look what I found! WTB: '65 Steering box or gears
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: January 07, 2018 11:27AM

Coho Cliff Wrote:
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> Actually, I'm in North Iowa so you might figure
> Midwest salt and slush did the trick. BUT, the car
> lived its entire life in So Cal and not a lick of
> rust, other than under the battery. Still, I can
> see how a bad seal on the steering shaft would've
> caused the trouble, even sunny So. Cal.

I know of a couple S.Cal club members with cars that were built and driven here with corroded steering boxes like yours.

Note: the input shaft upper bearing rides on bearing race in the box AND a bearing race surface on the input shaft that will be pitted due to the seal letting in water. No fix.

A shame Flaming River quit making the Corvair boxes.

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Re: Look what I found! WTB: '65 Steering box or gears
Posted by: Coho Cliff ()
Date: January 07, 2018 12:06PM

The steering shaft measures approximately 15 inches from the upper end to the seal surface. This Monza was built in October 65, but is a 66 model. By the way, the ball bearing surfaces, both cups and cones, and ball bearing races are in good condition. Were I to rebuild this one, what I'd need is the gears themselves, apparently rare items. Whatever, I hope someone can help. Still interested in whether anyone has experience with rebuilt steering boxes from BuyAutoParts.com, CarSteering.com, or CarPartsWarehouse.com.

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Re: Look what I found! WTB: '65 Steering box or gears
Posted by: kenvair ()
Date: January 07, 2018 12:36PM

Coho Cliff, I can furnish the 2 parts you need for $200.00 incl shipping. Whatever you do don't purchase a steering box without opening it up to check the 2 parts you need. After 50 plus years most boxes look just like yours if they were not serviced. If you decide to replace/rebuild your box and need additional items then I can furnish these also. Ken Arnold

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Re: Look what I found! WTB: '65 Steering box or gears
Posted by: texas yenko dude ()
Date: January 07, 2018 03:02PM

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Re: Look what I found! WTB: '65 Steering box or gears
Posted by: antkoto ()
Date: January 07, 2018 03:29PM

I have 1 NOS steering box for sale. It is a 66 box.PM me if interested.

Duane

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