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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-02-2016, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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How difficult is it to remove Steering box?

So I am finally going to go through Chocko for the rebuilt steering box, how difficult is it to remove? Do i have to remove my TRI Y headers? Do i have to remove the steering wheel and shaft?

I have a automatic car btw.


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-02-2016, 10:07 AM
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The shaft is part of the box, so yes- removal of the steering wheel, column bracket, tube, pitman arm, and most likely headers will be necessary. It has to be fed through the firewall, then down and out under the car..

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Assuming it is a 65 as your ID says you own one: Remove the steering wheel. Remove the steering column tube (might be hard stuck on the engine side) Drop or remove the drivers side header (or exhaust manifold). I've had to drop the power steering pump to do this on my Shelby, Disconnect the pitman arm from the steering linkage. (seems the Pitman arms are not easily removed from the steering box) Unbolt the box, it will come out up and forward in the engine compartment.
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I just had power steering added and also replaced the steering box...the mechanic told me it was a bear to install. I believe he had to remove my hi-po manifolds....mine is a 4-speed though. Well worth it though...makes the car so much more enjoyable to drive!!

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It's a bitch, and can come out through the top or bottom. I prefer the top. Yes, your header will have to come off. If you don't have a Pitman arm puller, disconnect the arm from the center link and leave it attached to the box (Dan can remove it and send it back all pretty). You may need to remove the DS valve cover (I think I had to; it's been awhile). It will help to also remove the driver's seat and have a helper in the car to guide the shaft through the firewall. This job is a pain, but it actually sounds worse than it is.

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Likely you will have to deal with everything mentioned above. However call Chock and get his recommendation. I just did mine (actually finishing up many details right now). I have hipo-exhaust manifolds, I was able to take it out the top. However I had to remove all this: master cylinder; export b; and z-bar. I decided this was the easier method. Be prepared to do some painting to detail the area once everything is out of the way.

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Removing the driver's side bucket seat ALSO makes it easier as you won't be fighting with clearance to the end of the shaft or inadvertently ripping the crap out of your upholstery. I'd shoot for coming out the top, as well.


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