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Old 08-19-2018, 08:25 PM   #1
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play in steering

my 66 c10 i feel has excessive play in the steering wheel. when i lowered the truck and put new brakes on it i put all new steering components on. this excessive play is this sign of a bad steering box?
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Old 08-19-2018, 11:29 PM   #2
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Re: play in steering

This sounds like the same thing that was wrong with my truck. There is a bearing in the bottom of the column that supports the steering shaft that the steering wheel connects to. The stock bearing is a piece of **** that doesn't even have grease or seals in it. The replacement bearing has seals that keep the grease in there...it's about 100 times better than the stock bearing. Mine had been in there so long that grooves had been cut into the shaft. I had to weld up the grooves and grind down the excess so the bearing would be tight. Do a search with the words.'replace bearing in bottom of steering column' you will find several threads on this subject. Hope this helps.
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Old 08-20-2018, 06:08 AM   #3
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Re: play in steering

On the manual boxes there is an adjustment that can be made by meshing the gears closer together. I am not sure of exactly how much it can be tightened but it involves loosening the nut, screwing in the slotted bolt and tightening the lock nut. I would think that once the bolt has been screwed down it should be retracted a bit to provide some clearance between the gears. I am not sure whether the P.S. boxes have this feature or not.

The lower bearing on my steering column had also cut into the shaft and got replaced by a bushing. The shaft got replaced by a newer collapsible shaft from a 67 P/U.
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Old 08-20-2018, 02:03 PM   #4
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Re: play in steering

I've never had an older car/truck with a steering box that didn't have some play in the steering box, even after adjusting it. My newer cars with rack and pinion steering are alway tight, even with 160k+ miles.

We built a '68 Chevelle a few years ago and used a CPP 500 series box and it was really nice. No play, good feel/feedback, and quicker ratio than stock.
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Old 09-07-2018, 03:16 PM   #5
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mehoff400, did you get your truck fixed?
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Old 09-08-2018, 10:19 AM   #6
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Re: play in steering

My truck had lots of play in the steering. During the course of owning it I've redone the shocks, springs, sway, steering box, steering column etc....now it just has less play lol. Old chevy steering gears tend to "suggest" where your going .
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Old 09-09-2018, 08:15 PM   #7
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mehoff400, did you get your truck fixed?
i havent yet. i found it to be the steering gear. i have been collecting parts to put power steering on it so that might come sooner than expected.
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:17 PM   #8
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i havent yet. i found it to be the steering gear. i have been collecting parts to put power steering on it so that might come sooner than expected.
Cool, I hope you get it all sorted out. You probably already know this, but Captainfab makes some excellent parts to help get all that done. He makes a plate to mount the steering box to the frame and a bracket for the power booster to the firewall if you also want power brakes.

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Old 09-09-2018, 11:51 PM   #9
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Yep I have his power steering stuff in the garage for probably over a year and have the booster bracket installed.
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