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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 11, 1:29 PM Thread Starter
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Centering New Steering Box

When installing a new steering box, How do you go about making sure it is set on center before attaching the pitman arm and steering shaft?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 11, 1:34 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Centering New Steering Box

The turns on the new box is 2 1/2 -3. So do i set it on 1 1/4 center or 1 1/2 center? or something completely different? Thanks so much for any and all suggestions... Marc
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 1st, 11, 6:00 PM
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Re: Centering New Steering Box

What I did on my 65 was attach the pitman arm so it is still removable. Temporarily mount drag link with both wheels staright.
Turn to right stop and count and mark it. Then experiment how many turns each way and make a mark when U reach 3 turns. Work from that point.
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Re: Centering New Steering Box

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This should have been posted in "Brakes, Suspension, & Steering" rather than in the general "Chevelle Tech" forum.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 11, 9:11 AM
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Re: Centering New Steering Box

Count the number of input shaft revolutions full lock to full lock. Divide that number in half and come back from full lock that same amount. The pitman arm should be pointing directly back in line with the centerline of the gear. You didn't mention what year Chevelle but if there is a flat on the input shaft it should be exactly at 12 o'clock.

You might be interested in the following paper on steering system centering.
http://jimshea.corvettefaq.com/wp-co...ev28jl2009.pdf

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 2nd, 11, 5:45 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Centering New Steering Box

It's a 70 model.... and thanks everyone for all your help....
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