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Manual Steering Improvements?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Westside Lefty, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. Westside Lefty
    Joined: Jul 25, 2007
    Posts: 332

    Westside Lefty
    from Venice

    I's there anythink that can be done to improve manual steering on a 54 Chev? Obviously, some smartass wants to say " install MII" but I'm serious.
  2. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,196


    what about it do you want to improve? make it easier to steer? does it have too much slop? or what?

    Usually running radial tires makes a big difference, that is, it covers up a lot of problems that cause wobble and erratic steering with bias ply tires.
  3. Lobucrod
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 4,122

    Alliance Vendor
    from Texas

    Lift weights.
  4. DrJ
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 9,418


    And run a stock diameter steerng wheel, stock offset wheels, and a NEWLY rebushed idler arm and all the other bushed moving parts de-slopped.

    (Is de-slopped a word?)

    Adjust the steering box when it's centered at the "high-center" spot.

  5. My 54 has all of this done and drives like a champ. My wife even loves to drive it and she is used to a super cushy late model Buick.
  6. The Shocker
    Joined: Dec 30, 2004
    Posts: 3,538

    The Shocker

    Run a shitload of air pressure in the front tires (45 psi) .Thats what i do .Beats the hell out of me with the short springs and straight axle,but with the spooled rearend and little steering wheel , i need all the help i can get .It does seem to help me turn the Raunchero a bit easier ...
  7. Midwest Rat
    Joined: Dec 15, 2007
    Posts: 22

    Midwest Rat
    from Illinois

    Where is a good place to get a new idler arm or idler arm rebuild kit. I bought one from Rare Parts and just tried putting it together and we had to flap the bushings quite a bit to get the pin to fit. Then the pin would not start in the housing. It felt like the pin was to big. This is on a 54 chevy 210 also.
  8. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,410

    from Idaho

    Small tires like 165 x 15s or 185 x 14s (or bias 5.90 or 6.40 x 15s) help a lot. I've run 32-35 lbs on the pass. side, 29-32 lbs driver's side for years with good success. Take the drag link apart & check for broken springs or flattened pivot balls. Adjust the steering box the right way - loosen the top adjustment, then adjust the one on the bottom of the box, then the upper one. Fill the box with a Lubriplate 105 & STP mixture - it won't leak out quite as fast. A bit more caster helps, too. If it isn't lowered, do it - they drive better ...

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