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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old May 25th, 19, 7:58 PM Thread Starter
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ISO steering box sources

So....my original power steering box on my 70 chevelle is worn out. Any sources of where to get a good rebuilt one for a decent price. I don’t have a lot of money, hoping I could find a good one under 250.00? Possibly sell mine for a few bucks. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old May 25th, 19, 8:34 PM
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There's a guy in California named Hector Carillo, has a really good reputation. Rebuilds boxes to 12.7 ratio and firm feel. Owns a company named Carhex, he's reasonable. You can find him on FB.

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or check your local auto parts store. jim

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rock auto has them for 110ish plus core charge of $75. jim

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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old May 26th, 19, 8:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everybody. I did contact hector and I just looked up rockauto. I only have 2 local stores here and they both have nothing. The local stores here are getting bad. I have a feeling one of them will be closing soon. I like the lares 970 box on rockauto and the price is great! Thanks again everyone.
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For a rebuilt box, I'd recommend doing it local. Rebuilt steering gears are hit and miss in my experience.

I went through three and finally got one that wouldn't hunt. The good one lasted 1 year 2months.

I finally bought a new one.

A friend with a 66 chevelle went through two rebuilt boxes and finally got a new one.

I'm in the process of replacing the box in my 69 chevelle, and it will get a new one.

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There's a guy in California named Hector Carillo, has a really good reputation. Rebuilds boxes to 12.7 ratio and firm feel. Owns a company named Carhex, he's reasonable. You can find him on FB.
Last I checked, he wasn't doing anything with the t-bar, so no firmer feel. Quick ratio only.

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I love the 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee steering box in my 70 El Camino. Great price, easy upgrade and a very nice road feel.

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I love the 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee steering box in my 70 El Camino. Great price, easy upgrade and a very nice road feel.

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Yep, better than any factory option, the most modern of all the Saginaw units, dirt cheap, and while maybe not the "best" option, it is probably %95 of the way there for hundreds less.
My original P/S was WAY overboosted, and over 4 turns lock to lock. Hand over hand at intersections. I get it, 50 years ago, it was a luxury option and it was all about zero effort. And people were used to spinning wheels over and over. Now modern cars have more boost, more feel and MUCH less working the wheel. The JGC is a nice balance to me.

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I installed a Jeep G. Cherokee box on my 70 SS Wgn. ....... 39.000 miles ago. The wife loves the new feel. She says it has the feel of a modern car and it is QUICK, Steers like a---- " Go Cart ".
This is a super upgrade, AND It looks just like the Saginaw steering box you removed. The " ONLY " difference between a Jeep, Saginaw and the stock 70 Chevelle Saginaw.......... Look real close................ The jeep Saginaw box has the letter " Z " cast into the box.
In the last 10-12 years no one has EVEN NOTICED the Jeep box on my 70.
Would I do this swap again....... " In a Heart Beat ".
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I love my JGC steering box. But it only has provisions for three mounting bolts, not four. I'm in no way saying this is a problem. It is plenty enough mounted securely to the frame.

Dollar for dollar at 50 bucks from a junkyard, this is one of the best upgrades I've ever done to my 70 El Camino. And you can almost cut that price in half if you pull the box yourself.

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I love my JGC steering box. But it only has provisions for three mounting bolts, not four. I'm in no way saying this is a problem. It is plenty enough mounted securely to the frame.

Dollar for dollar at 50 bucks from a junkyard, this is one of the best upgrades I've ever done to my 70 El Camino. And you can almost cut that price in half if you pull the box yourself.

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Yep, that's what I paid, and I asked for the lines as well, just so I could make a return line. I used a Camaro (1980?) pressure line.
And at $50 pulled, I was happy as hell, I would have paid another $30 or more just for them to remove it. They torched the bolts and cut the pitman arm in half. The hardest part of the install was getting the jeep pitman arm off of it.
I also put in a 1990 Chevy 1500 pickup powersteering pump on at the same time, so no messing with mix/match flare fittings.

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Yes, it took a 40 ton press to get that Jeep Pitman arm off. A 20 ton press wouldn't do it.

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Yes, it took a 40 ton press to get that Jeep Pitman arm off. A 20 ton press wouldn't do it.

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Yes, it took a 40 ton press to get that Jeep Pitman arm off. A 20 ton press wouldn't do it.

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I rented a $25 puller from the autoparts store.

And I don't see how you can go wrong buying a stock (12.7-1) Jeep Grand Cherokee box. How can you get the wrong ratio when they were all 12.7-1 ?

Mine was about $110 from RockAuto.

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