There have been quite a few bits of truth shared in this thread.
We have to assume the OP has manual, as that's what I gather.
Most likely the play is in the box, even though its been "rebuilt."
Not ragging on that deal, but what was done during the rebuild?
It's literally "garbage in, garbage out" unless you address things
the correct way in that process. There is a big difference between
Smucketelli's rebuild at one end of the spectrum and a blueprinted
steering box at the other. And there variations in between......
The idler is always suspect on these cars. I'd put a roller idler
on it and call it a day. I've got one on my '68.
The pitman does wear and as already mentioned, can be redone
by RareParts. That is not the only way, but it is the path of least
cost. There is an entity making a new 1" pitman. They are stupid
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