because pseudo quasi crushes are just not good enough

Working on the steering gear

Part of trying to get the truck back up and running, and passing inspection is repairing the steering gear. It had a leak and wouldn’t pass inspection. While I could have just cleaned it off and probably gotten it done, I’d also like to actually have the truck not leak fluids.

So I did a small rebuild of it. I wasn’t able to get one side apart, which was the more complex side. I’ll need to fab up a wrench to get the nut off. But I did replace the seals and gaskets where it was leaking, so hopefully that takes care of that. Figured I would clean it up and repaint it as well.


I was able to find a guide online for the rebuild, I really do wish I was able to get to the other inner workings to do a total rebuild on it, but it seems to be operating smoothly anyway and I was able to grease up the parts that needing greasing so hopefully all will be good with it.

Here I’ve hit it with just some black rustoleum. I have some Eastwood underhood black which is really nice looking, but I’m not that intense on a restore on this truck. If I ever do an engine rebuild in it and have it all torn down then I might do that.

All right, got it back in the truck. I made a stupid mistake by putting the pitman arm back on before I had it in there, because, of course, I had it flipped 180 degrees. I then got irritated because the gear was being a proper pain trying to get back out, so I went out and spent too much money on a 3/4 drive wrench and a socket and extension for it.

That said I’ll be picking up one of those handy little electronic torque wrench converters. They’re a bit costly for the 3/4 drive version, but I figure I’d be paying well more than that for a torque wrench that can get up to 450lb/ft. So now I have this big grunty wrench in the event I need to really get mean on something. I’ll probably order a set of metric and standard sockets for it, just for fun. But that’s another story all together, maybe I’ll post on it when I find the time.