This will take you to the main site where there is history, technical information and other information on these cars.
This takes you back to the main page of the forums.
This is the control panel to change your password, information and preferences on this message board.
Click here if your lost your password or need to register on this message board. You must be a registered user to post. Registration is free.
Search this board for information you need.
Click here to buy cool Squarebirds mechandise.
Click here to support Squarebirds.org. For $20 annually receive 20mBytes webspace, a Squarebirds e-mail address and member's icon on the message board.
  #1  
Old 10-06-2006, 09:27 PM
birdbrain birdbrain is offline
Experienced
 
Join Date: Jan 22 2005
Posts: 192
birdbrain is on a distinguished road
Default steering wheel play

I have a little play in my steering wheel can I adjust this out with the screw and nut on top of the steering box without disconnecting the pitman arm, I thought if I loosen the nut and turn the screw head until the play slack up that would be all to it?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-06-2006, 10:38 PM
Alexander's Avatar
Alexander Alexander is offline
Webmaster
 
Join Date: Oct 30 2002
Posts: 3,338
Alexander is on a distinguished road
Default RE: steering wheel play

Please don't do that, because you will have a permanent flat spot in your steering because you will have likely crushed the recirculating tubes of the steering box.

The shop manual gives a very good instruction on how to adjust the steering box. The 1958 and 1959 cars have two adjustments possible, the sector shaft that you refer to and steering shaft(a very large nut on the box facing the driver). You must disconnect the Pitman arm from the sector shaft arm and disconnect the arm from the control valve ball stud. Follow the shop manual instructions in the exact order and use an inch pound torque wrench. The result will please you. In 1960, like most modern cars after that, the steering shaft adjustment was eliminated. Another cost saving measure.

In this procedure you want to pretend that you have recently broken your hand and stop turning the screwdriver when the hand starts to hurt, because it is easy to overdo the adjustment with consequently disastrous results. The potential disaster is that you will need to replace the steering box, because once you have a flat spot, there is no way of getting it out.

Alexander
1959 Hardtop
1960 Golde Top
__________________
Alexander
1959 Hard Top
1960 Golde Top
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-11-2006, 07:17 PM
dgs's Avatar
dgs dgs is offline
Super-Experienced
 
Join Date: Feb 13 2003
Posts: 921
dgs is on a distinguished road
Default RE: steering wheel play

The other thing to check is your alignment, if you're running radials. The original alignment specs were for bias ply tires and need to be altered for radials. Toe in I think is spec'd at 1/16 - 1/8, for radials that should be 0 - 1/16.

Bias ply tires are not as accurate so the car was aligned with soem toe in to compensate. With radials, toe in will actually counteract their acuracy, leaving a dead spot on center.

That was one of the reasons that radials didn't catch on very quickly. Cars designed for bias play tires would have a dead spot in the steering when radials were instaleld without re-aligning the car.

Check out this cool article on the subject at invention and technology magazine:

http://www.americanheritage.com/arti...001_4_28.shtml
__________________
DGS (aka salguod)
1960 Convertible - Raven Black, Red leather
www.salguod.net
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:55 AM.

Driving, racing or working on cars can be hazardous. The procedures and advice on this website including the message board are opinion only. Squarebirds.org and its webmasters and contributors do not guarantee the correctness of the advice and procedures. The Squarebirds.org and its webmasters assume no liability for any damage, fines, punishment, injury or death resulting from following these procedures or advice. If you do not have the skills or tools to repair your car, please consult a professional. By using this site you agree to hold harmless the Squarebirds.org, its authors and its webmasters from any resulting claim and costs that may occur from using the information found on this site.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Any submissions to this site and any post on this site becomes property of Squarebirds.org . The webmasters reserve the right to edit and modify any submissions to this site. All material on this is site is copyrighted by the Squarebirds.org. Reproduction by any means other than for personal use is strictly prohibited. Permission to use material on this site can be obtained by contacting the webmasters. Copyright 2002-2016 by Squarebirds.org.