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Hot Rods Leaking Steering boxes

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Anchorboy46, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. langy
    Joined: Apr 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,735

    Member Emeritus

    I've always used CV grease mixed with 90 weight oil, just a bit more fluid than double cream, works for me.
  2. mikeco
    Joined: Nov 3, 2008
    Posts: 393

    from virginia

    I don't suggest putting grease in a power steering box..
  3. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,844

    dirty old man

    I just went to the site link provided by 29 Nash and ordered 3 tubes of the cornhead grease. The video was enough to convince me!
    I'm an Amsoil dealer and they have a similar grease available, but the smallest size is a 35# tub. Way too much for me!
  4. It'll leak if the seals are anything less than perfect.
  5. 39 All Ford
    Joined: Sep 15, 2008
    Posts: 1,531

    39 All Ford
    from Benton AR

    You can get it in Wilcox, the building behind the DQ, ask for scooter...

    He has it.

    He was there 10 years ago anyway....

  6. Morrisman
    Joined: Dec 9, 2003
    Posts: 1,600

    from England

    I'd like to think he was speaking in jest, or sarcasm, but you never know. ;)
  7. mikeco
    Joined: Nov 3, 2008
    Posts: 393

    from virginia

    I hope you are right!!
  8. 29nash
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 4,544

    from colorado

    I'll suggest that it's more likely than not, a 60 year old steering box that is worn out got that way from a lot of use, not necessarily due to lack of lubrication. Shit wears out.
  9. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,269


    You should be able to get that John Deere grease or equivilent at Tractor Supply....or uh....JOHN DEERE...
    There are John Deere dealers EVERYWHERE....whether it's green or yellow gear.
    It's a common grease used in many gearbox bushhogs and other implements.

    I use Swepco it is a high pressue moly grease that is "stringy", it "clings" to the gears.
  10. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,419

    Atwater Mike

    Swepco X 2!

    Porsche recommended for steering boxes & transaxles, have used it religiously since schooled in Porsche, late '50s; also spec'd by BMW North Amer., early '60s.

    Biggest reason I've seen for leakage in steering boxes at the seals (NEW seals!) is closeness of exhaust manifolds, headpipes, and headers. 1/4" seems to be the norm in tight quarters, so some added clearance is capital here! (and a deflector shield, just an aluminum plate bracketed to the box, to deflect air past the box) Anything less than 1/2" nets a trapped-air hot pocket in front of the firewall.

    I had a few guys with Model A's, '32's, etc. come back with leaking F100 boxes, (they were rebuilt "carry-outs") so I insisted on seeing the applications after that. The heat would practically boil the fluid out when warm, the same scenario the Fords had at Indy in 1935, with much harsher results.
  11. Pete1
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 1,905

    from Wa.

    My steering boxes don't leak.
    I use straight Power Punch in them and it results
    in 10% easier steering effort.
  12. JohnT
    Joined: Jan 28, 2008
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  13. jdj9410
    Joined: Sep 4, 2007
    Posts: 324

    from Paris TX

    Jeep guys call it "pudding" and use it in front axle joints. Just chassis grease and gear oil mixed like someone already mentioned. Been around since WWII.
  14. philly the greek
    Joined: Feb 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,861

    philly the greek
    from so . cal.

    Do you have any part #'s or other info on which particular product you're using . That company makes a lot of different products .
  15. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
    Posts: 1,826

    Inked Monkey

    Thread necromancer but I have been reading up on corn head grease. I ordered some for my weeping steering box. Would there be any issues with adding it to the box without draining the gear oil that is in there? There probably isn't much left anyways and I would just continue to watch it til it stops leaking and add some more corn head.
  16. chargin03
    Joined: Jan 8, 2013
    Posts: 482


    Thanks going to pick some up Monday for my vega box.
  17. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5,135


    Snapper mowers use a 00 grease that is like corn head grease.
  18. Jim I.
    Joined: Jan 26, 2008
    Posts: 11

    Jim I.

    I've used the corn head grease in my 59 Power Wagon for years. And more recently in my 55 Chevy. Good stuff!
  19. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
    Posts: 1,826

    Inked Monkey

    I'm just going to add it on top of the oil that is already in there this weekend.
  20. i would think you could do that.
  21. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
    Posts: 1,826

    Inked Monkey

    Thanks, I'm going to do it this weekend. That is if it's even warm enough to come out of the tube....
    tb33anda3rd likes this.
    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
    Posts: 3,386


    I use grease in my replica champ car, leaving just a smidgeon of gear oil in it to make all the internal surfaces slimy and clingy with oil. You can see the Zerk fitting I put in the oil fill plug on the top of the '50s era f1 pickup (Gemmer) box.


    FWIW I also use it in the gearbox of my rototiller as the seals do not contain gear oil in that harsh, dirty environment.

    Also, most dragster style boxes like P & S, S & W, use white grease in them.
  23. Jmountainjr
    Joined: Dec 29, 2006
    Posts: 1,287


    I like to use extreme pressure (EP) grease with a NLGI rating of 00. It pours like thick honey and is very suited for the application, and is easily retained by the seals. Mobil Mobilux, Shell Alvania, and Chevron Delo lines all have an EP 00 product. And by the way, the JD Corn head grease is a NLGI 00 grease.
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  24. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,770


    I put corn head grease in the front knuckles and steering box of my 52 Willys Jeep 2 years ago. I have no leaks from the knuckles or the steering box for the first time in years.
  25. Rebuilt the 41 Ford box in my avatar a few years ago, never thought twice, filled it with axle grease, that's what we did many years ago, long before the internet.
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  26. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 2,840


    I've always used a mix of good grease and 90 wt. The JD stuff sounds like it's worth a try. In my shop I noticed that most leakers had the exhaust real close to the box thereby heating the lube to a nice runny consistency like Atwater Mike said.
    No matter what you put in 'em make sure the exhaust isn't overheating it.
    Joined: Nov 7, 2008
    Posts: 103


    Cotton picker grease is thinner than corn head grease if my memory serves me right. It is like jelly. Case and John Deere carry both.

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