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Old 05-04-2021, 09:51 PM
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Managed to get a little done today between thunderstorms. Even though I'm working under a roof on a concrete floor, when it starts lightning close by, I get inside!

Got the pittman arm off the replacement steering box, then took the S10 box off the car. Discovered the shaft was a little more misaligned than I thought, so I'm going to change to a U joint and DD shaft instead of the factory GM shaft and rag joint. The replacement Firebird box is 2.75 turns, lock to lock, so I'm thinking it might steer faster, don't know. The S10 box was fine until you put fluid in it with the pump, then it got a sticking spot at dead center. So hard in fact, it took a bit of effort to get it off center, causing it to jerk. Knew that wouldn't work on the road, so it's getting replaced. Never had one do that, it steered manually just fine, no tight spot.

Next, I'm putting the FBird box on, then putting some bracing on the motor mounts, just not quite happy with them yet. They would probably be fine, but I'd rather be a little overbuilt and have no worries.

Nothing picture worthy, yet.
Astro vans have a nice little intermediate shaft with two slightly offset u-joints that were perfect for taking the "bump" out of the steering in my 39. I added a double-d shaft to get the right length, and used a piece of the S10 column for a sleeve. Best of all, they are a lot cheaper than aftermarket u-joints. Pics if you want/need them.
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Next, I'm putting the FBird box on, then putting some bracing on the motor mounts, just not quite happy with them yet. They would probably be fine, but I'd rather be a little overbuilt and have no worries. Over built is never a bad thing
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Old Yesterday, 09:49 AM
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I know about the Astro van shaft, I missed getting one the day I got the first box. That yard has since closed and the nearest one is about 80 miles away. I found a joint and shaft on ebay for $ 60, cheaper than driving over there to get one.

Was going back through this thread last night, can't believe it's been 5 years since this thing was on the road. I have gotten slow!
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I know about the Astro van shaft, I missed getting one the day I got the first box. That yard has since closed and the nearest one is about 80 miles away. I found a joint and shaft on ebay for $ 60, cheaper than driving over there to get one.

Was going back through this thread last night, can't believe it's been 5 years since this thing was on the road. I have gotten slow!
That's a good price these days. I guess I'm lucky having a bazillion yards withing a few minutes drive. Always tradeoffs...
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Old Yesterday, 11:55 AM
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Don't feel bad, Bama. I've got a project aging in the garage too. Two surprises, You don't have any salvage yards close to you in Alabama and Skip has yards close to him.
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We used to have several yards around here, but when scrap went so high, a lot of them sold out and closed up, and the others were older guys who died off and the family sold everything. There is one yard about 15 miles from me, but they won't let anybody on it, they pull parts for you, insurance I guess. So, I'm taking a chance on the eBay joint and shaft, at $50, cheaper than I wrote above, I hope it's a good one, looks good in the pic, anyway.

Put the Firebird box on today, pinched the crap outta my palm putting the pitman arm on! The box feels good, hope it's better than the S10 box was. Also started on the motor mount reinforcement project, got a couple pieces cut ready to weld on hopefully tomorrow. Not bad for a couple of hours work.
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