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Old 08-30-2007, 10:41 PM
Hal Cogburn Hal Cogburn is offline
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Steering

While the new convertible drives straight the "slop" in the steering wheel is more than I would like. I heard that the steering box can be adjusted some? Is is difficult for a novice? If not it is something I want to deal with so can they be rebuilt? Anyone local that does that?
I believe they can be purchased from the falcon dealers but in the $400 range.

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Old 08-30-2007, 11:00 PM
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Hal , Look at the top of the sterring box and you will see a sloted stud with a lock nut . Lossen the nut and take a screw driver and turn the stud clockwise a little at the time and re tighten the nut . take it for a spin and if there is still to much slack do it again till you get it like you like . If the screw/stud is screwed in (real close to nut ) the the sterring box is about due a rebuild . HTH
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Old 08-31-2007, 11:29 AM
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Tightening that screw sets the tolerance between the screw and worm gears. You can often tighten it similar to how Ranchero mentioned, but rather just until it offers some resistance and then back it off about a quarter to a half turn. The issue you'll find doing it this way is that typically most of the wear these parts will see is from when you're driving straight down the road (the steering wheel is centered 95% of the time), so by doing it this way you "may" find it gets too tight (hard to turn) once you're past center. The best way to get around this is to do the adjustment I mentioned when the steering wheel is turned about one full turn past center. If you then find the slop is just unbearable while driving straight, the screw or worm drive are shot in their centered position and a rebuild is in order.

There are two functions on a car I place equally at the top of my list of things to HAVE RIGHT: Steering and Brakes. Don't cheap out on either of these... ever. (This safety announcment brought to you courtesy of Gerber Baby Foods)

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Old 09-01-2007, 12:08 PM
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Tried it...the screw only went less than a turn before it stopped hard...I backed off a little and then tightened the nut. Will take it for a drive and see but I doubt it did much good....I get nervous on the steering and don't want to do something crazy.

This winter perhaps a new box is in order....does not look to hard to take out???? Then have to find what I have as Falconparts.com has a bunch of different ones....

Or is there someone locally that can rebuild these? When in Colville a fellow there thought there was a good outfit in Kent but he did not know their names...

Any thoughts
Hal
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:50 AM
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Steering box

I have a steeringbox from my '65 Falcon we removed when we put in the rack and pinion . It was working fine when the car was running. About 70,000 original miles on the odometer. If interested you can take a look. Let me know.

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Old 09-02-2007, 10:58 AM
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Yes...I would be interested...especially if it had minimal slop...beats the heck out of buying a new one if it works well.

When I was looking at falconparts.com there were a ton of different ones that fit...I'm not sure how a guy would check to see if yours is compatable with my car...I believe this was an original manual steering rig and it still is....

Perhaps you or someone else can advise how we might be able to check?

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