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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 19, 2:54 PM Thread Starter
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66 SB steering and suspension

Hey yall!
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!

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 15th, 19, 3:46 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 66 SB steering and suspension

In case anyone else has th same problem, I'll answer my own question.
If others want to chime in with more sound technicalanswers it would be welcome...

What I ended up doing was loosening the lower frame mount bolt on the idler arm and pulling the drag link out as much as I could.
Iseems to be a fix (for now)
In the not too distant future, the steering and suspension components are getting replaced, so I may revisit this.
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Re: 66 SB steering and suspension

I know this sounds kind of redneckish, but could you dent the pan with a ball peen hammer where it hits? jim

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 22nd, 19, 10:23 PM
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Re: 66 SB steering and suspension

I was having a similar issue on my 66 wile fitting an LS swap, Passenger side tie rod was hitting the oil pan.

Wile doing other work it became obvious that the car had been in at least one collision if not more and as I measured the the now bare frame I was convinced that the right front frame horn was bent. Once I completed the mods I was doing I took the frame to the frame shop where it was confirmed that the right frame horn was one inch high.

I haven't got it back together yet but I am reasonably sure this will correct the problem.

Also, increased oil pressure has no effect on crankcase pressure.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 22nd, 19, 10:25 PM
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I know this sounds kind of redneckish, but could you dent the pan with a ball peen hammer where it hits? jim
You would run the risk of a crankshaft counter weight or connecting rod rubbing.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 22nd, 19, 10:27 PM
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Re: 66 SB steering and suspension

Id think he could get away with it .I greased mine, then put a plug in there.

Doesnt need to be very deep at all

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