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    Another steering box rebuild

    Hi guys. It's been a while since I posted. My van is finally getting converted to automatic. Been collecting the parts and Getting a custom hanger/crossmember fabricated by matchstick. My vans at his shop currently. We took out the steering box in early January and I'm posting pictures of the tear down. Wish I had more detailed pictures but my phone was full and it got pretty messy at the time. Took it apart following a manual. Although everything looked solid I went ahead and decided on taking out bushings and ordering a rebuild kit. Copying a corvette gearbox rebuild that was online we used a bur to get one of the bushings out. On the second bushing, Matchstick welded up a home made tool to attach to his slide hammer. Slide hammer and home made part made it come out smoothly. Home made tool is seen on the last picture to the left, attached to the slide hammer. You can see the bushing that just came out, in the middle.
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    My job was to bring the steering box home and clean it up. It's been sitting in my garage and now that I'm freeing up time, I have to get to it. Exterior I will use degreaser and wire brush. What has anyone used to clean the inside out? I was originally thinking of doing it like the carbs and doing a chemical dip. Is that a no no. All bushings and old seals are out so not sure if chemicals would still remain after a good rinse out? Is there a correct way to clean the inside? What are your thoughts?

    I did order corn head grease today. Is that what I should be doing? I'll take other recommendations? I also already have the steering gear kit for a corvette.
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    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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    [MENTION=1]smiley[/MENTION] has done this, maybe he has some tips for you.
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    I used corn head grease in mine. I did not completely clean it out as I didnít find any foreign particles in the old grease.
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    Beach Cruiser, Ive done the same with mine after talking with Smiley it wasn't very necessary because it was not leaking or anything. But because I'm doing a full resto on my van I was already committed to rebuilding it. I used my parts washer to clean the entire thing. I searched google and also came up with a corvette rebuild kit as well, not sure of the PN. On a corvette forum a guy rebuilds them has a lot of input and showed detailed pictures on how he rebuilds them. Here is the link ( http://www.digitalcorvettes.com/foru...ad.php?t=76773 ). Smiley also recommended the corn head grease to me as well. Right now mine is just sitting in pieces waiting to get powder coated by my buddy.
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    You guys are brave!

    I was thinking my steering gear box was in need of adjustment at least when it occurred to me I hadn't checked my front wheel bearings. I jacked up the front and did the old jiggle the wheels test (hands at 12 and 6 o'clock, and at 3 and 9) and sure enough they are pretty shot. So add that to my list of stuff to do...

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    Chevboner, what do you use in your parts cleaner? Got me wanting to get a parts cleaner for myself. Thanks for sharing the site to the corvette box rebuild. That's the same build I was following and getting tips from when taking mine apart. That's where I got the ideas for removing the bushings.

    VanSandy, you've come a long way. Kingpins? Or rear bearings? I had previously adjusted my steering gear box in the recent past. Made a difference, but still had slop at the wheel but tight overall. It's just nice to know what's in there and that everything is fresh. The grease/oil gets hardened through the years as seen in all these opened gear boxes and adjustment with hardened grease just isn't the best results. Opening one up and replacing the grease for new instead of just trying to squeeze new stuff in will make a whole difference.
    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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    So, what was wrong with it/worn out that made it so hard to steer?
    Maybe you could walk us thru those two adjustments it needs when it's done.
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    [QUOTE=66BeachCruiser;258922]Chevboner, what do you use in your parts cleaner? Got me wanting to get a parts cleaner for myself. Thanks for sharing the site to the corvette box rebuild. That's the same build I was following and getting tips from when taking mine apart. That's where I got the ideas for removing the bushings.

    Google safety clean solvent its one of these, my uncle is letting me use it since he doesn't have room for the big thing right now. Im not exactly sure which solution it is.

    Also where did you get the rebuild kit?………Is that the part number #5075?
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    Kit I ordered is from Bair's Corvettes. www.Bair's.com
    5075 is the part number for the kit. I will confirm if it's correct after my rebuild
    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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