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The kit from Mac's includes a seal for a 1958 Thunderbird which you don't need. If you don't want to pay extra for a part you won't use then order it from here.

https://www.larrystbird.com/product/...t-5960-2-seal/

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The kit from Mac's includes a seal for a 1958 Thunderbird which you don't need. If you don't want to pay extra for a part you won't use then order it from here.

https://www.larrystbird.com/product/...t-5960-2-seal/

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So all I need to stop the leak are 2 seals?

Nothing else from the complete kit from Pat Wilson's?

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So all I need to stop the leak are 2 seals?

Nothing else from the complete kit from Pat Wilson's?

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That's all you need. Two little seals is all that keeps it from leaking. That's assuming that the spool and cylinder are in good condition and not scored. Normally they are fine. Just make sure you put the seals in correctly and not backwards. Follow the instructions in the shop manual.

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That's all you need. Two little seals is all that keeps it from leaking. That's assuming that the spool and cylinder are in good condition and not scored. Normally they are fine. Just make sure you put the seals in correctly and not backwards. Follow the instructions in the shop manual.

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Got the seals today. I'm having trouble putting in the first seal into the steering ram. I've already ruined one, kit I got came with two, so I have another shot at it.
Looks like there is a lip on the edge of the shaft that's catching the edge of the seal. I've filed down the lip, but still not working.
Shaft and seal are lubed with fluid.
It'll go on fine if I put it on backwards, but I'm sure that'll leak.

Any thoughts?

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I don't know what to tell you. As you can see by the diagram the seals go on either end of the spool. The lip of the seal goes toward the center of the spool.

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I meant the steering ram seal. I need to get it on the rod. The spring end on the seal must point to the cylinder, but the lip is cutting the seal when I try and install it.

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Sorry, I should've read your post more carefully. I think I used a plastic collar that slips on the outer shaft so the seal won't tear. It doesn't mention anything like that in the manual but I've had the same problem.

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I wonder if the seals were origanly put in from the cylinder side and then the ram was welded?

That's the only way I can see to put the first seal in without tearing. I tried again with the second seal.......Got a new kit on the way.

$20 lesson learned.

I have a week to file away at it to get a nice taper on the end of the shaft. Maybe I'll have better luck next time. The lip is definitely the issue.

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You might want to try putting some heat shrink tubing over the shaft. That should soften the transition so the edge isn't as sharp.

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