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Southern AZ next to the Mexican border. Most stuff they have is all mid 80's and up. They said they could find me a gear box, but wanted $325 for it. I can get a reman from Autozone w/limited lifetime for $335 which includes the core charge. A lot higher, but I think worth it in the long run.
Southern AZ next to the Mexican border. Most stuff they have is all mid 80's and up. They said they could find me a gear box, but wanted $325 for it. I can get a reman from Autozone w/limited lifetime for $335 which includes the core charge.
A lot higher, but I think worth it in the long run.
$335.00 is a lot higher than $325.00?
Before you buy that blotto-zone gear box, go to redheadsteeringgears.com and read all about it.
These gearboxes have a built in flaw that causes them to begin leaking in a very short time.
And, since only the seals kits are available, that so-called reman gear box is nothing more than a re-sealed gearbox.
If you live in Douglas, you could dig a tunnel to make some extra dinero.
Bill / Retired Ford Parts Manager / SoCal Chapter Member / Part number research: 1928/2001 trucks & 1928/89 passenger cars.
Might be cheaper to go the route that HIO Silver talking about, but I did a power steering box swap on my 75 F-100 4x4. Mine had the power assist setup. Leaked most of the time and didn't have that much power steering to it. I used a 79 bronco steering box but had to have the worm gear changed out so it turns the opposite way. Had it rebuilt at the same time. I used the manual drag link which you should already have. Didn't have to ream out anything. Only had to drill 2 holes in the frame for the box. One lined up ok. I have a borgeson steering shaft already. Did shorten it some. Running a 90's power steering pump using the original mount from the original 360, did have to modify some. Running a 429 now. If you look in the Articles up top, there is a guy in Arizona that did this. I sent my box to him for the rebuild. That was like 7 or 8 years ago now. This truck never steered better than after I did this mod. Still working great.
BTW, I still have the box and pitman arm. Unused since doing this. It seemed that it would have issues with clearing the core support. I would be interested in seeing a more detailed write-up of this type of installation. None the less, I plan on doing a HIO styled install when I get around to it; yes I went and grabbed another which is also in my garage. Kinda hoarding them at this point.
I would be willing to part with the reversed gear box for what I have into it; about $100. I have to stress it is unused which means untested although everything is pretty straight forward on these. The worse case scenario would be a leak but it all looks good. Using this, even if you sent it to redhead for a rebuild, might allow you to have a 'built better than new' box for the same price as a chinese rebuild box. I doubt it needs the redhead treatment though. Let me know.
I got rid of my power assist a few months ago. I got lucky and found a 74 in the junk yard that somebody had already converted. They didn't reverse the worm gear they just moved the steering box back toward the rear of the truck and drilled new holes. They shortened the steering shaft. It took me maybe 2 hours and I got power steering I can turn with 1 finger with 33x12x50's on the front. I love it
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