Fords power steering box... what not to do....

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Fords power steering box... what not to do....

Post by rbarchi » Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:51 pm

Well, its another fine mess I got into. I put a new steering column on, and did not like the fact it was only held on with an Allen bolt and nut retainer on the power steering box. All the other joint ends had a cross bolt to secure it. So I decided to put one on the box's spline end. Bad move. I now know that the shaft is hollow and PS fluid is in it. Nice. I never would have thought that. Anyway. my options are now to try and plug the hole with a weld and grind it flat, tap it and use that hole as I was intending, but with a sealer, replace the damn thing. So before I dive into this, what are people's thoughts on the delphi conversion?
Anyone rebuild a ford stock box? Is that hard or require any special tools?
I cannot believe I am in this predicament with a potentially costly remedy. THose boxes are pricey to say the least.
'73 Banana Bronco Sport, 3" lift, 302/4BBl/MSD/C4/PS/PB/front disc, lots of hidden rust

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Post by Formerjughead » Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:26 pm

I think Tom's Bronco Parts sells new input shafts.
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Post by rbarchi » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:52 am

Will have to call them. They only have the pitman arm shaft, not the input on their website, unless its called something more cryptic :)
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Post by rbarchi » Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:25 pm

decided to have the box rebuilt by redtop. by the time I got the rebuild kit and input shaft, I would spend most of the money for a professional to rebuild. Its a 40year old box, so it could use some love anyway.
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Post by rbarchi » Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:26 pm

and to rub salt in the wound, I saw a show on SPEED that takes apart a box and describes how the input shaft works.... day late on that episode.... :)
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Post by broncobill67 » Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:40 pm

West texas offroad....They rebuild ps boxe's every day...the price aint bad and they know WTF they be doin...t
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Post by DirtDonk » Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:50 pm

What show was that on Speed that had that little tech gem?

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