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Removing steering box?

Unread postby rjsdotorg on Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:22 am

My 71 M375 chassis needs a new steering gear.
How does one get the pitman arm off without the Chrysler tool? A basic puller will not get the jaws between the arm and the bracket to get it in place.
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Re: Removing steering box?

Unread postby KB2CRK on Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:32 pm

I took the box off the frame and used a standard heavy duty puller to get the pitman arm off of the box.

This is the puller I used.
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Re: Removing steering box?

Unread postby rjsdotorg on Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:40 pm

Yep, that's the one I borrowed, but the steering gear doesn't look like it will come off with the arm attached, since the arm would have to go through the bracket hole - or does the arm clear?

The bracket has 4 bolts, but also a welded brace.
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Re: Removing steering box?

Unread postby KB2CRK on Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:36 am

I took the whole bracket off as it was only bolted on. I had pictures on here prior to Photobucket cutting them off. Let me see If I can find them and try to load them.
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Re: Removing steering box?

Unread postby KB2CRK on Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:51 am

steering joint.JPG


steer bracket.JPG


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A couple of the pictures. There are more than four bolts holding the bracket on. Four on the side and one or two up top, I dont quite remember. Never mind, Quite visible in the picture. There are two on top of the frame rail besides the four though the side.
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Re: Removing steering box?

Unread postby KB2CRK on Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:15 am

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One more pic.
Now Nessie is a 76 on the M 500 chassis but it should be very similar
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Re: Removing steering box?

Unread postby rjsdotorg on Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:48 am

Thanks!
I'll looks again at my 71 M375, for access.
There's still a clearance issue getting the puller on the arm, but am I right in assuming that unbolting from the bracket frees up that space?
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Re: Removing steering box?

Unread postby KB2CRK on Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:10 am

If you get the bracket off of the frame you have all the room in the world to get the arm off with the basic heavy duty puller. I had to loosen the bracket to get the drag link off of the Pittman arm. Also had to get the drag link back in the pittman arm before fully mounting the bracket back on the chassis. I found it easier to get to everything with the radiator out of the way and replaced the pot jot with a borgeson joint. The steering is nice and tight.
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Re: Removing steering box?

Unread postby rjsdotorg on Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:49 pm

You put a borgeson joint on the column? Did the part have to replace the whole shaft? Mine seems tight, but hard to say until it's off.

The curved flat steel behind the body fiberglass is definitely welded to the bracket, but a short weld so I can sawsall through it. Replacing pump as well.
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Re: Removing steering box?

Unread postby KB2CRK on Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:11 pm

flat steel.JPG

The flat steel on mine was welded to the frame behind the bracket

New and old.JPG

The borgesson joint I got from Jegs. I had planned to use the original double d shaft with the new joint but it would have been shorter than I would have liked so I got a new one and cut it to length.

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Very easy to change and makes a world of difference.
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