Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: SF Bay Area, Cali
66 SB steering and suspension
I've been rebuilding the 66 from the collision.
I'm just about ready for paint (I think)...
I'm kind of stalled due to this steering linkage issue;
The linkage is hitting the oil pan.
I've seen a number of posts on the subject, but not really seeing the answer to what I've been wondering about...
The previous owner, rather than address the steering at all, decided to replace the chrome Mr. Gasket oil pan with no dimples with the exact same oil pan, and now I'm facing the same issue.
In its current condition the driver side tie rod grease fitting just barely touches the oil pan...it can be removed and not be a problem. The passenger side is another story....the tie rod end and the centerlink where it bulges to accept the tie rod thru bolt both hit the oil pan and have left two nice little grooves in the oil pan. ..(if I build up any extra oil pressure, I know where it will blow)
So in short, I know I will eventually need to pull the engine and replace the pan for a more appropriate pan.
I'm thinking this is sort of a chicken or the egg scenario...
The issue is that the 50+ year old bushings are worn and cracked (which rubber does) so obviously the tie rods, sway bar bushings, and control arm bushings need to be replaced.
I've already replaced the power steering box with a jeep box, and kept the OE pitman arm.
Here's where my curiosity is making me stall....
Would replacing the steering linkage and bushings possibly pull the centerlink and tie rod closer to the xmember away from the oil pan?
Is there a compatible centerlink out there that has the tie rod holes further out toward the ends that wouldn't adversely affect the steering geometry?
Any other thoughts on avoiding the linkage hitting the pan?
Any help or thoughts on the master are most appreciated!
'Do or do not, there is no try'