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Old 01-13-2016, 08:13 AM
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Centering steering box & front wheels

Hey Guys -

After a lot of reading on peoples other posts, I'm still scratching my head.

My truck is a 100% stock '56 f-100. All front end components have either been rebuilt or replaced. I rebuilt the steering box and didn't get it centered, so I wanted to get everything precise. I followed the instructions in the shop manual to get it centered with pitman arm removed and played with the # of shims for pre-load.

The issue I'm having is that when the box is centered and the pitman arm pointing straight down, the front wheels are turned slightly to the left. I've double-checked that the drag link is installed correctly with the straight part on the spindle ball side. I don't think I can get enough adjustment to center the front wheels by adjusting the tie rod ends. Is it possible that I have an incorrect length drag link? Does anyone else's truck have the pitman arm pointing slightly to the rear with the front wheels centered? (see pic below)

Any suggestions appreciated!

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Old 01-13-2016, 08:32 AM
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My 50 is the same. Everything new and rebuilt. I went back to the disassembly pics and it was this way then as well which I assumed was original!? Curious to hear what others have found...

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I think the wheels are turned slightly when this pic was taken though...
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Never paid any attention to it. That's a great looking 56 and painted the BEST color too!
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Thanks guys. I guess I'll live with it this way unless someone has other ideas.
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