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Steering box rebuild
Posted by: Scott CA ()
Date: February 05, 2018 09:59PM

Anyone in the SF Bay Area that sells or can rebuild a steering box? Thanks

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Re: Steering box rebuild
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: February 05, 2018 10:32PM

Welcome to the CCF!

Mel's Vairmart in San Jose comes to mind..

Sea Mountain, between Charleston Harbor and Coos Bay! SW Oregon Coast
Click HERE for My Website...Click HERE for My TechPages!

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Re: Steering box rebuild
Posted by: upnorth1 ()
Date: February 06, 2018 06:12PM

Scott, I have 3 left hands and a right handed wrench.

I was able to easily rebuild my steering box.

Matt will tell us all to check out this site, its one of the best:steering box rebuild

I used John Deer Cornhead grease for lube, its the correct type, NLGI 00 and is far less $$$ than the original Studebaker grease which is still available. a couple bucks vs $20

Chaplain Bob
135 miles from Canada

1961 Loadside 95hp. 30 over bored and stroked. 145 block, 165 heads 4 speed
1966 Corsa clone 140 4 speed, 30 over.
1966 4 door 110 pg soon to return to factory 140 PG

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Re: Steering box rebuild
Posted by: Scott CA ()
Date: February 07, 2018 08:14AM

Thanks for the help! Ah yes, Mel. Great guy. I'll check in with him, or pursue the steps outlined in the attachment. Doesn't seem too difficult. I'm about to drop and rebuild the front suspension anyway. Thanks again.

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Re: Steering box rebuild
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: February 07, 2018 12:35PM

I asked Mel about this yesterday. As you probably know "rebuild" depends on the condition of several internal parts. Go ahead and give him a call.

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Re: Steering box rebuild
Posted by: 2ragtops ()
Date: July 12, 2018 07:19PM

I must share with you what I found.

I took Chaplain Bob's advice and found some corn head grease at my local John Deere dealer. $3.93 a tube and it works great.

It is the correct viscosity/or at least very close to it.

I have tried mixing wheel bearing grease with oil and other types of concoctions, and none work, most drip being too thin.

This green grease is the best, try it, you'll like it.

Bob Bauer

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1966 Monza Convert 140 P/G with A/C, plastic wheel with tele-column am-fm posi-traction
1966 Corsa Convert 180 wood wheel tele-column am-fm sport steering posi-traction
1965 Corsa Coupe Crown V8 temporarily red lined for repair
House Springs, Missouri

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Re: Steering box rebuild
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: July 12, 2018 07:36PM

most Tractor supply stores carry it as well.


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Re: Steering box rebuild
Posted by: RobertC ()
Date: July 13, 2018 12:13AM

Issues rebuilding a steering box

3 main pieces are not easily available:

Steering shaft, pitman arm shaft and "worm" nut need to be not pitted / not worn

If your box is not good; these may be hard / time consuming to locate.

Decades ago, I took apart a box where the middle tooth of the "worm" nut was broken off in the box. I thought it may have been because the lash adjusting screw was "all the way in"; someone else thought the box could have been in an accident.

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