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    Next up was lubricating the bearing races with grease. The bottom of the box needed to be sealed back up with the new cap provided in the corvette kit. Before installing we put a small amount of permatex 2 gasket on the cap and hammered it down. Bottom bearing was then greased up completely and placed on the bottom race. The top race/bearing cup in the worm bearing adjuster was lubricated. The top worm bearing was also lubricated in grease and we slid it down through the top of the worm shaft. The whole shaft and ball nut unit was covered in grease and then put carefully into the gearbox so the worm shaft sat on the bottom worm bearing. The bearing adjuster was then screwed down to the top part of the steering box. Before doing so we put permatex 2 on the threads so it can make a nice seal from grease coming out. The sector shaft was next. It was covered in grease as well and placed in position
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    Last edited by 66BeachCruiser; 06-03-2018 at 02:46 PM.
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    Before putting in the cover we placed the sector shaft lash adjuster and shim on the sector shaft. It's also a good idea to pack up the steering box as much as possible. I did this using a paint stirring stick to scoop grease in. We then screwed the side cover onto the lash adjuster bolt. Both side cover gaskets from both kits work. I did use the corvette side cover gasket. Even though it had a bit of excess material it didn't seem to be in the way. The corvette gasket was better gasket material. We put permatex 2 on the threads of all the side cover bolts and the plug to seal it from grease leaking out as well. Next was the sector shaft outer seal. Tape was wrapped around the threads to protect the new seal in the installation process. A plastic pipe for a sink laying to the side was the perfect tool to use for tapping down the new seal. It measured 1 1/2" diameter . It was perfect. This finished off the reassembly. To completely finish it up it was painted with some manifold paint Matchstick had. Thanks Matchstick for all your help
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    Last edited by 66BeachCruiser; 06-03-2018 at 02:03 PM.
    1966 Chevy Sportvan seafoam green/white
    Sliding ragtop
    230 straight six
    HEI distributor
    12SI alternator
    2bbl 32/36 Progressive carb upgrade with 1 to 2bbl carb adapter
    200r4 w/stock auto shifter, custom hanger, 96 suburban trans cooler
    3:36 rear
    Front Disk Brake conversion with Dual master
    Recored radiator to 3core
    5 blade fan
    belly pan.

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    There is one last seal that comes out in the disassembly that I did not mention. This is a dust cover seal made out of some sort of foam/cotton or other material that slides on to the top of the steering shaft and goes in the top of the worm shaft bearing adjuster. A FELT WASHER. The new kits didn't come with that and the book doesn't mention a seal there. I could add this later. Before putting in the column on to the shaft.

    After reassembly, the steering wheel was put on the shaft to find the center and center the steering wheel while adjusting the lash adjuster to a best feel. Final adjustment will be in the van with wheels on the ground, using a fish scale to get the proper reading.
    Last edited by 66BeachCruiser; 06-03-2018 at 03:37 PM.
    1966 Chevy Sportvan seafoam green/white
    Sliding ragtop
    230 straight six
    HEI distributor
    12SI alternator
    2bbl 32/36 Progressive carb upgrade with 1 to 2bbl carb adapter
    200r4 w/stock auto shifter, custom hanger, 96 suburban trans cooler
    3:36 rear
    Front Disk Brake conversion with Dual master
    Recored radiator to 3core
    5 blade fan
    belly pan.

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    You mean, with the wheels off the ground, right?
    Great tutorial!
    Keep one foot in the gutter, one fist in the gold...

    '65 Panel, with turbocharged 327 (originally 153 four), TH400 (originally 3-speed), and 3.31 '67 Camaro 12 bolt rear (my first car, 1970)
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    '69 Sportvan 108 with turbocharged original 250 six and 700R4 (originally Powerglide), 3.73 rear, starred in eight Taco Bell commercials
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboVan View Post
    You mean, with the wheels off the ground, right?
    Great tutorial!
    You're right. It should be wheels off the ground. Thanks for catching that.
    1966 Chevy Sportvan seafoam green/white
    Sliding ragtop
    230 straight six
    HEI distributor
    12SI alternator
    2bbl 32/36 Progressive carb upgrade with 1 to 2bbl carb adapter
    200r4 w/stock auto shifter, custom hanger, 96 suburban trans cooler
    3:36 rear
    Front Disk Brake conversion with Dual master
    Recored radiator to 3core
    5 blade fan
    belly pan.

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    CorrectnessMan is always lurking! LOL
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    Keep one foot in the gutter, one fist in the gold...

    '65 Panel, with turbocharged 327 (originally 153 four), TH400 (originally 3-speed), and 3.31 '67 Camaro 12 bolt rear (my first car, 1970)
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...meE_Jf-hgJU2mG

    '69 Sportvan 108 with turbocharged original 250 six and 700R4 (originally Powerglide), 3.73 rear, starred in eight Taco Bell commercials
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDfPJ3xmwjY

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    Started looking at getting back on the horse and actually dealing with this...

    So if I understand this correctly, the Corvette kit is the more complete kit which has bushings that are too long, and the 55-57 kit has the correct bushings however it's missing a whole lot of other small items.

    I did some snooping around the net today and found this... Save for that National seal mentioned a few pages ago, it seems to be the most complete kit out there with 56 balls and such.


    https://www.ebay.com/itm/55-56-57-Chevy-Steering-Box-Rebuild-Kit/310979492425/

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    66BC, Since you have swapped over to an automatic trans, do you want to get rid of your manual shift steering column? Do you still have it? Would it fit a second gen?
    1969 G10 108, 307 V8, TH350, 3.08 gears...for now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xelmon View Post
    Started looking at getting back on the horse and actually dealing with this...

    So if I understand this correctly, the Corvette kit is the more complete kit which has bushings that are too long, and the 55-57 kit has the correct bushings however it's missing a whole lot of other small items.

    I did some snooping around the net today and found this... Save for that National seal mentioned a few pages ago, it seems to be the most complete kit out there with 56 balls and such.


    https://www.ebay.com/itm/55-56-57-Chevy-Steering-Box-Rebuild-Kit/310979492425/
    From the 2 kits I tried, the corvette kit was the most complete. Having longer bushings than stock isn't a problem at all for the shaft housing area. The shaft housing area is long. But the side cover definitely needs a shorter bushing. The 2nd bushing in the corvette kit would have to be cut to size for that. But you don't want to do that, just find the correct bushing. I liked that the 55 Chevy kit had the correct side cover short bushing and the bushings just seemed Better.

    The kit in the link you showed looks great! It seems to have everything you need: two ring type bearings (bearings with races), the 56 lose ball bearings (need 54), one long housing bushing and one short side cover bushing, shims, seal, and even the felt seals it looks like. It has extra pieces like the adjustment bolt and ball bearing cover pieces. These items can be reused from your steering box. Seems to just be missing the metal cap/cover but can also be reused from the steering box. Good find!

    All that is needed is to confirm it's correct by rebuilding a steering box with this kit
    Last edited by 66BeachCruiser; 10-20-2018 at 01:59 PM.
    1966 Chevy Sportvan seafoam green/white
    Sliding ragtop
    230 straight six
    HEI distributor
    12SI alternator
    2bbl 32/36 Progressive carb upgrade with 1 to 2bbl carb adapter
    200r4 w/stock auto shifter, custom hanger, 96 suburban trans cooler
    3:36 rear
    Front Disk Brake conversion with Dual master
    Recored radiator to 3core
    5 blade fan
    belly pan.

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    Coolio, we'll see once it arrives!

    At this rate it'll take weeks/months for me to get around to this. Wouldn't be surprised if it takes me till December to get to this properly.

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