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    Steering rod replacement - 1968 G10

    Hey everyone, I am having trouble getting the drivers side tie rod out and the shaft that the tie rods connect to is bent.

    Any chance there is a replacement out there or should I be going to a machine shop?

    Thanks everyone!

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    A. Work with what you have. If you are able to, put the rod on a vise that is on a solid table that won’t move when you put pressure on it, and bend it back (edited: don’t put flame/heat to the rod). OR

    B. Take it to a shop that can

    C. Find another. From another parts van. They are out there. Someone may chime in to say they will sale you one

    D. You can make your own. There was a post in the recent past of a member making one. If you want to make your own search on the tab above to find that post/thread. Maybe details can guide you in making yours
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    Yea the rod gets bent by jacking up van by rod not the axal(beam)( been there done that)
    also tire rods ends are Left & Right . You might be turning drivers side the wrong way(Done That)
    Guess they do that so you can adjust toe (in or out) by turning rod.
    Rod is hollow you should be able to get it close with out heat(manual said Don't use Any heat (weaken it)
    you have a good vice & straight edge ,4 ft. level or good straight board or piece of angle iron
    ,or something with a good flat edge. you should be able to get it close.
    Hope this Helps some. Post some pics of your new ride.
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    Thanks for the heads up, I did figure out yesterday after a bit of head scratching and double checking that the drivers side has reverse threads. Also, wasn't planning on using heat to straighten it, going to give the vice a try and if that doesn't work, I know a local welding shop that should be able to help me out with the straightening or making a new one.

    Appreciate it everyone!

    Happy Vanning everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by SAVAGE View Post
    Yea the rod gets bent by jacking up van by rod not the axal(beam)( been there done that)
    also tire rods ends are Left & Right . You might be turning drivers side the wrong way(Done That)
    Guess they do that so you can adjust toe (in or out) by turning rod.
    Rod is hollow you should be able to get it close with out heat(manual said Don't use Any heat (weaken it)
    you have a good vice & straight edge ,4 ft. level or good straight board or piece of angle iron
    ,or something with a good flat edge. you should be able to get it close.
    Hope this Helps some. Post some pics of your new ride.
    Stay Safe Enjoy Van Time /Fun Time

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAVAGE View Post
    Yea the rod gets bent by jacking up van by rod not the axal(beam)( been there done that)
    also tire rods ends are Left & Right . You might be turning drivers side the wrong way(Done That)
    Guess they do that so you can adjust toe (in or out) by turning rod.
    Rod is hollow you should be able to get it close with out heat(manual said Don't use Any heat (weaken it)
    you have a good vice & straight edge ,4 ft. level or good straight board or piece of angle iron
    ,or something with a good flat edge. you should be able to get it close.
    Hope this Helps some. Post some pics of your new ride.
    Stay Safe Enjoy Van Time /Fun Time
    Thanks Savage for correcting me. Putting the right info out there is important. I knew it was the steering rod mimmell was talking about but when I said heat I somehow was thinking the drag link connected to the steering box. My apologies. Good to know not to use heat
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    Cool

    Were All just trying to help another Vanner get his van back on the Road
    Heck of a Lot of People Helped me over Many years & many Van projects
    Everybody Stay Safe & enjoy Van Time/ Fun Time
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    Local welding shop straightened it out and I went ahead and threw some paint on it. Going to be repainting everything under the van as I go along.

    Thanks for the help.

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