Posted 2020-06-27 5:19 PM (#600197 - in reply to #600190) Subject: Re: I have a VERY worn manual steering gear...
Location: WHEELING,WV.>>>HOME OF WWVA
i just did my 60 dart as it was worn and full of rust . it started as stuck , yes stuck with muscle being needed to free it up . so i pulled it , opened it up to see the damage . it was beyond help for both gears but
i had bought a spare not long ago just in case . i opened it up to see a not too bad interior . i still went ahead for a rebuild and had a hard time finding all chrysler nos parts but i did . they are really hard to find
and is not one stop shopping . if i ever need a manual steering gear done again it will be done by people in the know . for a pro rebuild it would have cost at a minimum 279$ plus the trip both ways . what i
have in it at this point all totaled is @ 250$ and hours of aggravation . but in the end though i know all new parts are nos mopar . two things will also help make things easier removing and reinstalling , get a helper
and slide the column up out of the way for more wiggle room ---------------------------------------------------------later
Posted 2020-06-29 6:19 PM (#600310 - in reply to #600190) Subject: Re: I have a VERY worn manual steering gear...
Location: SE Arizona
For what it's worth the manual gear in my 57 Plymouth was pretty loose and the adjustment was run all the way in. A couple of years ago I looked into having it rebuilt ( I couldn't find a used gear that was any tighter than the one I had).
Benchworks up in Phoenix AZ was who I checked with.........they have done a few steering gears for me over the years and I've always been happy with their work. They quoted me a price of $350 plus return shipping (again this was a couple of years ago). I don't know if they would sell just the parts. It is who I would recommend.
Posted 2020-07-02 9:36 PM (#600440 - in reply to #600317) Subject: Re: I have a VERY worn manual steering gear...
Location: Ferndale, WA 98248
If manual steering cars have the same rubber isolator on the steering column that power steering cars have I'd start there. I had the PS gear box in my 60 Fury rebuilt, and the steering was still way too loose. Swapped out that little $15 rubber isolator, and that did the trick.
Posted 2020-07-03 12:23 PM (#600460 - in reply to #600190) Subject: RE: I have a VERY worn manual steering gear...
Location: SE Arizona
Actually on 57-58 Dodges and Plymouth's the worm gear is attached to the steering shaft that goes all the way to the steering wheel......no joints of isolators, just a bearing at the top of the steering column.