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Offline whipper.snapper

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Steering box
« on: June 09, 2024, 02:43:54 PM »
Hey guys so Iím doing a frame off resto. Of my 1987 Chevy v10 and currently I am working on the steering box.

Before I took the steering box off of the frame I noticed it was leaking right there behind the rag joint. (See attached pics)

I am here to ask what would you guys suggest I do? Do I need to do a complete rebuild on it? Or should I just replace the seal/rag joint thing right where the leak seems to be.

Also I am having a hard time figuring out exactly which make and model of steering box I have. So if you guys have an idea of which one it is plz let me know.

If you know of the exact rebuild kit I need plz drop the part # of the kit.
     
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Re: Steering box
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2024, 03:45:51 AM »
When my steering box started having issues I just went to O'Reilly's and bought a rebuilt unit. Is there any reason to keep this particular box? Rebuilding yourself would be way cheaper but do you have the knowledge to do that?
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Re: Steering box
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2024, 08:43:41 AM »
berserk, no I do not currently have the knowledge to rebuild this box myself. I have never rebuilt one. But very often I can find YouTube videos for help or someone on here can share some knowledge.

I didnít want to buy a whole new or rebuilt unit if I can just replace some seals and O-rings and have it be good as new.


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Re: Steering box
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2024, 09:33:45 AM »
Do not wander into your local parts store blindly....there are no more American-made boxes!  Either rebuild yours, or if it's just leaking, replace that seal (Edelmann 8525, Omega 2779, Gates 351320).  If you have to replace, I recommend Redhead Gears...https://redheadsteeringgears.com/shop?year=1987&make=Chevrolet&model=V-10%20Pickup%20Truck%20(4WD). 

Don't let go of your original though, IMHO.
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2024, 11:17:00 AM »
Thanks for your opinion shifty, I was kinda thinking that same way.

From my pictures you can tell that mine is an original American-Made box?

Have you ever replaced that seal yourself? If so, Do I need any special tools to remove and replace it?


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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2024, 11:29:26 AM »
Your box is an original, though it may or may have not been re-built in the past.  (we used to clean/re-spec/re-use cores, but now it's just cheaper to use chinesium castings).

I have changed that outermost seal, though it was a loooooooooooong time ago, IIRC, no  special tools, except maybe a seal pick....
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Re: Steering box
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2024, 12:01:27 PM »
1987 Unit Repair Manual, section 3B3.  It's worthwhile to download the manual to your PC's hard drive.
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Re: Steering box
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2024, 10:36:09 AM »
Okay thanks guys, Iíve got the seal ordered and on the way. I reckon that will fix my issue.

Is it common for the Pittman arm shaft seal to leak? Should I go ahead and replace it while Iím at it?


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Re: Steering box
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2024, 10:44:56 AM »
The pitman shaft is the one I've done the most...I don't know if I'd mess with it if it's not leaking though.
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Re: Steering box
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2024, 07:44:21 AM »
10-4, thanks for the help.


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Re: Steering box
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2024, 10:48:47 PM »
When those pitman seals go- they go!

Changed one on my K10 in the truck.

There are actually two seals.

If you've got it on the bench it's easier than being in the truck, although I would say, it wasn't that bad.
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Re: Steering box
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2024, 06:36:26 AM »
I successfully changed the input shaft seal, gonna hold out on changing the Pittman arm, because it wasnít leaking when I removed the box from the truck.


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