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Cowl Steering in-a-day

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by dodgerodder, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. dodgerodder
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,943


    Well I pulled a 16-hour marathon and got the cowl steering done on the sedan today. I used a bmw steering box, which works great because you don't need to lengthen the shaft at all.

    I was debating how to build the typical cowl steering hoop to mount the box. I then realized that since my front z is so tall(7" z) that I could easily built a mount right off off the z, since the box would only be 5" above the frame rail, it would be real strong.

    I used a piece of 1x3 box tubing for the main part of the mount. It welds to the back of the z, all the way from the bottom of the frame to 5" above the frame. To make the 1x3 stiff to resist twisting, I cut two pieces of 3/8 plate, and hammered them inside the 1x3. I first drilled 10 hole in each side, and plug welded it up.

    I then used another piece of 3/8 plate to mount the box to the 1x3. I welded this to the 1x3 box, first drilling and tapping it for four 1/2 bolts to mount the steering box plate to. Then I welded a 3/8 gusset to the front of the 1x3 sticking above the frame, to the main frame rails. This will prevent the mount from flexing front to back.

    To finish it off, and eliminate the box from twisting, I built a removable bolt-in dom tubing brace that ties the mount to the box tubing I welded in the front door jamb. It has to be removable so the body can be taken off. It looks funky in the pics cuz I threw it in the sand blast cabinet when I was done. I welded a mounting base of more 3/8 plate drilled & tapped, and welded to the front door jam.

    I still have to finish welding the 1x3 to the back of the frame, but I'll wait til I can flip the frame on its side for that.

    Sounds confusing, pics tell the story better then my tired ass. I gotta get some sleep, cuz today I'm gonna pull another marathon and get my master cylinder and brake pedal mounted. Heres some pics

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  2. Jaypee
    Joined: Feb 3, 2004
    Posts: 595

    from Finland

    Nice work man. Looks real good. What model BMW has that steering box???

  3. dodgerodder
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,943


    Thanks man. Its from 2002 series bmw's from 68-76
  4. 34Fordtk
    Joined: May 30, 2002
    Posts: 1,690


    GREAT job,looks like a perfect way to mount it. That is from a Model 2002(not year) BMW.

  5. FiddyFour
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 9,007


    schlick man!!!

    that thing sure looks good without the gridwork laiden plywood subframe dont it?:p

    hehe thanks for posting man.
  6. Dirty2
    Joined: Jun 13, 2004
    Posts: 8,903


    SWEET !!!! Nice work.
  7. LeadSledMerc
    Joined: Nov 29, 2003
    Posts: 4,106


    dodgerodder, Your build continues to amaze me with every update, beautiful job!
    Is the box mounted far enough away from the side of the cowl to comfortably mount the steering wheel you are going to use, or are you going to use universals and offset the wheel from the box? It's tough to tell by the pictures.
    Great progress, make sure you keep the updates coming. Keith
  8. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
    Posts: 4,445

    from MN,USA

  9. striper
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 4,498


    Ohhhhhh......I don't think that's going anywhere.

    Love this build and your updates...Can hardly wait for winter to hit you guys again so I can look at all the cool projects and tech posts again.

  10. Clark
    Joined: Jan 14, 2001
    Posts: 5,105


    Nice work!!
  11. CAL
    Joined: May 5, 2005
    Posts: 390

    from Neosho Mo.

    Very nice piece of work, CAL.
  12. Looks great. The BMW box is hard to beat.

  13. scotth
    Joined: Mar 26, 2003
    Posts: 165

    from Austin, TX

    Man, you do great work! It looks very clean and strong!
  14. JasonK
    Joined: Apr 16, 2004
    Posts: 753


    Nice! I can tell you really give a shit :D :D
  15. dodgerodder
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,943


    Hey guys, thanks much for the compliments! Yeah Harrison, I really like this box, and not having to mess with lengthening the shaft, it makes it real simple. Plus as an added benifit should the box fail, just buy another stock box, and bolt it in, no modifying another box to work again.

    LeadSledMerc, though its hard to tell from the pics, the positioning side-to-side is pretty good. I mocked up a seat and it might work with no u-joint. Since it is mounted in the front area of the cowl, where it pinches inward, the box is pretty centered in the dash driving area. I saved so many pics of your sedan build that I've used along the way, I hope some of these posts help somebody out the same way.

    Yeah fifty, I think it looks a little better then the 1,287 feet of rotten wood subframe/body structure that was there. Nothing that 2,985 feet of welds, $1,527 of box tubing, and 5,983 man hours couldn't fix, right:D. This thing should easily last longer then I will ha.

    Oh, and yes 34Fordtk, this is for a 2002 "Series" bmw, not year. The years this box was used was 68-76. This box was mint, no slop at all, for $50 off of eGay. Pretty hard to beat. Even the stock pitman arm is fine, it just took some re-bendind with the heat wrench, as is swung out way to far from the body as it was.

    Well, I don't feel real fresh after 5 hours sleep and 16 hours of work, BUT I'm excited to get my master cylinder and pedal assembly done today. Hopefully that wont take 16 hours, maybe only 15, but it'll be done today. I'll post up some brake pics tonight
  16. That's what I was talkin' about. Seems every time I go to E GAY to find one, it's 300 or more.
  17. BZNEIL
    Joined: May 28, 2005
    Posts: 659


    very nice!!
  18. Plowboy
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 4,260


    You know, the world needs heroes. You are up on the list. Ha Ha Ha

    Way to keep on trucking on that thing and not scabing it together either. You'll make the turkey run yet. I wish more people would set a goal and actually strive to achieve it like you. Motivational for sure. This shit ain't hard if you just keep at it.

    I look forward to tomorrow's update! Ha Ha Ha
  19. Scott
    Joined: Dec 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,715


    Im going to use that one on my next project, :cool:
  20. dodgerodder
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,943


    Thanks for the kind words, but I'm definitely not a hero, just a tired, smelly dude that need to shower and get to bed(at 7am:p)

    I really want to drive this thing to the Turkey Rod Run. I don't want to toss it together to do it though. I think I'm gonna make it. Motors back form the machine shop, needs assembled, and I got the master cylinder and brake pedal done yesterday. I did a post on the brake stuff.

    Besides, I gotta keep up with you on the Lander haha
  21. aedan
    Joined: Oct 18, 2004
    Posts: 524

    from ###

    coming along nicely man your car is getting better and better everytime i see it keep up the good work
  22. Rusty
    Joined: Mar 4, 2004
    Posts: 9,449


    COngrats. Looking good
  23. Jaypee
    Joined: Feb 3, 2004
    Posts: 595

    from Finland

    Have to find one then. :)

  24. moondisc
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 522


    Great...Now I gotta look for more furrin car parts!
    Nice job bud.
  25. Great Post! Inspired me to go for the 2002 Box also.
    The thing that holds me back now is the angle of the pitman arm, its too wide outside.
    Your's look more close to the body. How's that?
    Did your heat bend or cut & weld your pitman arm or did you get another one?
    Im looking for a traighter one 36 spline but no luck yet ;-(


    Cheers from the Neds!

  26. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,817

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Might try to PM OP as post is 11 years old..I believe he said he heated and bent pitman arm to suit..
  27. wheeltramp brian
    Joined: Jun 11, 2010
    Posts: 1,122

    wheeltramp brian

    nice.i used the same setup in my 22t and a 36 truck years did my neighbor!
  28. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,247


    May 22, 2012. The last time Dodgerodder was here.
    Wonder what became of him?
  29. Thanks Seb, I did a while ago but heard nothing.
    Him visiting here for the last in 2012 explains that I gues ;-)
    Thanks anyway!
  30. I cut the splined part off the pitman arm and welded new steel to it. Was about ten years ago. I can't find any pictures.

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