Hi everyone! I'm new here and trying to help a buddy of mine who just got the Van. Everything is there and works....runs, will need some TLC but nothing major....mostly small dings and a bit of Porta-Power pulling/pushing around the left headlight will do it.
Main mechanical...the steering box is really sloppy! About 30 degrees of rotation before anything happens (driver is kept very busy trying to keep it pointed straight). Any thoughts? Don't have manuals, wondering if there is a way of tightening/adjusting? Macs lists $350/$600 to rebuild (about the cost of the Van!). HELP! Thanks, Bobby D in Los Angeles.
It sounds like the worm gear in the steering box is worn out. If so not safe to drive that way. It happened to a friend of mine in his 75 ford 1/2. When it broke he just went right off the road. Lucky he did not hit anything.
Have you had the suspension checked for worn parts. The steering ball joints, trailing rod and the idler arm on the steering box could all be wore out.
Put the van on jack stands so the wheels hang freely. Both wheels at the same time. You grab the tire at the top and bottom and push and pull in and out . Have someone watch the suspension ball joints for movement. Look at the king pins they can also be sloppy.
If not sure what to do. Then take it for a wheel alignment and they will be able to tell you what all needs done.
If the steering box is worn. It is not hard to change. 3 bolts to the frame, disconnect ball joint to pitman arm and unbolt from steering colunm. It usaully will come out.