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JohnG
02-18-2017, 01:15 PM
I have a '58 Squarebird with (for whatever it is worth) power steering, COM and 352.

I would like to buy a steering box for it.

My goal is to do whatever is needed to refurbish the one I buy, then swap out the old (badly worn) one.

thanks!
john

Dan Leavens
02-19-2017, 10:40 AM
John hope all is well on the east coast and you locate your steering box soon! as spring is just around the corner.
Look at those Patriots go:eek:

Yadkin
02-19-2017, 02:17 PM
I swapped out my old steering box with a rebuilt one. The service is sold through Rock Auto, and our members get a discount. You pay for the rebuild plus a core charge (which I recall was very expensive) and then mail back your core in the box that the rebuild came in.Once they get the core they reimburse you.

JohnG
02-19-2017, 02:32 PM
I did check them but could not find anything that said
they went back to the 1958-60 TBirds. Do you know if they refurbish those years as well?

(I think I saw a $350 core deposit . . .)

thanks for your time and help!

John

Yadkin
02-19-2017, 02:56 PM
Its there. Lares 8643

http://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/ford,1961,thunderbird,6.4l+390cid+v8,1336216,steer ing,steering+gear,7416

jopizz
02-19-2017, 03:28 PM
That won't fit his '58. All the steering boxes that RockAuto has for 58-64 Thunderbirds is a return and rebuild. You have to send them your part to rebuild. Maybe you bought one before they ran out of rebuilt units.

John

JohnG
02-19-2017, 03:37 PM
found it. Did not appreciate "steering gear" for what it was.

Questions: do you get your own back, overhauled? What kind of turnaround time?

Thanks much!

john

jopizz
02-19-2017, 03:58 PM
You can also try here.
http://www.stangerssite.com/

However I would call first and see if he can give you a time frame when he can have it done. According to Carl Heller he hasn't been that quick with his turnaround times lately. I had him do a power steering valve for me and it took quite a long time to get it back. That was about three years ago.

John

Yadkin
02-19-2017, 03:59 PM
For some reason I read 61, not 58. Here's the box for your 58: http://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/ford,1958,thunderbird,5.8l+352cid+v8,1337655,steer ing,steering+gear,7416

Lares 8572

For this model, you send your part in and it gets rebuilt.

Yadkin
02-19-2017, 04:01 PM
Website for Lares: http://www.larescorp.com/

Some nice plant tour videos. It's a big operation.

JohnG
02-19-2017, 05:16 PM
Does anyone have a favorite choice for a Pittman arm puller?
(or one to be avoided)?

Deanj
02-19-2017, 06:54 PM
The conical type for what I think your application to be. I didn't have one, but realized this is the one I saw somewhere for '58-60 Thunderbird's.

I modified (ground down) a puller because the base of most of these are too thick to fit over the ball. I was replacing the power steering control valve. It's a bugger.

Yadkin
02-19-2017, 08:19 PM
Does anyone have a favorite choice for a Pittman arm puller?
(or one to be avoided)?

http://www.squarebirds.org/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=100403&postcount=11

Mine was rust-seized on. Read what I had to do to remove it. A lesser puller would never had done it.

JohnG
02-19-2017, 11:03 PM
you had some good fun there!!! ;)

any reason to believe the Lisle puller would not be a good fit for the '58?

Yadkin
02-20-2017, 09:08 AM
It's made for Ford trucks. As I discussed earlier it barely fit, meaning that the diameter of the arm on my car at the pinion is smaller than the tool is designed for. I just measured the jaw spacing of the tool, it's 1-23/32", so as long as the OD of your arm is bigger than that it should work.

OUR5T8BIRD
03-02-2017, 01:21 PM
I did check them but could not find anything that said
they went back to the 1958-60 TBirds. Do you know if they refurbish those years as well?

(I think I saw a $350 core deposit . . .)

thanks for your time and help!

John

I have a used steering box from a '58 Bird John if still interested . Also have other '58 parts like interior trim from H'Top etc.