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BrokenYugo MegaDork
1/8/17 12:19 a.m.

Have you tried adjusting the steering box?

SnowMongoose SuperDork
1/8/17 10:45 a.m.

In reply to BrokenYugo:

I have, with no noticeable effect.
(Though tbh I'm not sure if that owes to my not adjusting it that much or inherent play in the system)
The nice thing about my ADD is that it applies to setbacks like these, I don't stay uninterested long.
Plus, as I drive the car more I'm growing accustomed to keeping my hands active - regardless of how straight the road is.

GTXVette Reader
1/8/17 1:01 p.m.

In reply to SnowMongoose: check the rag joint sooo much slop when bad,then it's drag link and tie rod ends, If needed and when needed Get The WHOLE DARN KIT the first time and save Time and a Lot of money rather than doing just a part or two as needed.

BrokenYugo MegaDork
1/8/17 3:13 p.m.

Check the idler arm too.

I think there are two adjustments on most boxes, the easy to mess with stud on top and there's a preload adjustment on the input shaft that's a bitch to mess with in car.

wvumtnbkr SuperDork
1/8/17 3:48 p.m.

Can't You use the grand Cherokee steering shaft to eliminate the rag joint (it uses ujoints instead).

SnowMongoose SuperDork
1/8/17 10:22 p.m.

Further investigation has informed me that early 60's examples of these column shifted cars don't have rag joints, the steering column goes directly into the box.

Took advantage of the unseasonably good weather (AKA it's not raining) and played around some more.
Seems that all of the play is within the steering column... time to learn how to rebuild one.
(Running on the assumptions that there isn't really an aftermarket for column shift columns and that refurbished examples would be out of the budget I seem to have laid out for this endeavor)

SnowMongoose SuperDork
1/10/17 10:43 p.m.

It would appear that in monkeying with the dash and column I loosened some wires, as now the turn signal indicator works intermittently (and not the way it's supposed to work intermittently), the GEN light stays lit, aaaaand the dash otherwise does not illuminate.

The car also backfired twice on the drive home, something it has not done before, but I attributed that to the cold weather (Barely 20, before factoring in a wicked wind)
That being said, I don't have any real idea what I'm talking about so, by all means, let me know if I should be less complacent about it

Because I'm a fan of seeing how fast my engine is turning and Chevrolet didn't see fit to equip my car with a tach from the factory, this arrived today, as if I didn't have enough things involving wires to deal with already.
Cat belongs to my roommate, his name is Butters, he's a jerk and currently nesting on my couch.

SnowMongoose SuperDork
1/13/17 1:43 a.m.

This showed up today, thanks Amazon!

Guess what has no mention of the steering column?

BrokenYugo MegaDork
1/13/17 2:02 a.m.

Always opt for the factory book whenever it's available.


SnowMongoose SuperDork
1/24/17 12:32 a.m.


This one even has what I need!
Bonus points for being older than I am.

SnowMongoose SuperDork
2/3/17 1:38 a.m.

Aaaaand after deciding to spend some of my tax return on the steering column issue, I discover that nobody offers replacement steering columns.
(Not for a manual at least)
And I've been entirely unable to source replacement bearings/whatever for the column I have.

Every time I get jazzed about this car it kicks me in the nuts.

And it looks as if there aren't any disc options that would allow me to use the wheels I have now.

At least it's pretty in my driveway, right?

Grizz UltraDork
2/3/17 2:38 a.m.

You should take inspiration from the Argies and build the six to rev to piss and back.


fasted58 UltimaDork
2/3/17 7:37 a.m.

In reply to SnowMongoose:

Flaming River and Ididit can get pricey but Speedway Motors seems a lot more reasonable.


SnowMongoose SuperDork
2/3/17 9:21 a.m.

Unless I'm reading each of these product descriptions wrong, none of those companies offer anything for a column shifted manual trans application.

Sent emails to a couple different places I found online that do refurbs, struck out so far but was directed to CJ's Rods and Machines who seem to do rebuilds, though we're looking at $250 plus parts and shipping.

I can't be the only idiot who is unduly attached to the quirkiness of a column shifted manual, can I?
(Perhaps I'm just the only one who isn't equipped to pursue it without professional help)

SnowMongoose SuperDork
2/6/17 11:40 p.m.

Aaaaand the end product of this column shift crap seems to be me looking more assertively into engine and trans swaps.
LS + T56 would be the 'traditional' route as donor cars seem to be had for not that much more than engine + trans options online, though looking East has it's own set of perks.
(Namely pushing more buttons that fall into the 'weird' category)

Of course at this juncture this is all purely hypothetical, we're in the midst of what passes for Snowmageddon around here.

The Evo, even on all seasons, is unsurprisingly taking it all in stride.

SnowMongoose SuperDork
5/2/17 9:05 p.m.

Took a closer look at the alignment, it was waaaaaay off and was in no way helping the wandering steering.
(Who would have thought that several degrees of toe-in on one side would change how the car tracked?)

Bit the bullet, started buying the parts to redo the front end.
(Full front end rebuild/bushing kit, switching to 63 spec for ease of... everything, rebuilt steering box)

Powertrain musings are still centered around eventual Oriental six-cylinder swaps, though aftermarket electronic fuel injection has crossed my mind...
that's neither here nor there, focused on getting her fully roadworthy, would very much like to DD her for the summer.


SnowMongoose SuperDork
5/13/17 4:51 p.m.

What could this be?
Shout out to this car for being the closest thing in my life to 'going well'

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