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Steering Box 57 Gasser

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lawman, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. lawman
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    Good morning Guys and Gals.Have been thinking about changing
    my 57 to a Gasser. What steering box are the Tri 5 Gassers with
    the straight Axles using ? Thanks so much and have a good weelend. Tom (Tired Old Man)
     
  2. Rich Rogers
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    I think you can use the same box but have to find the right pitman arm depending on which front end you're using
     
  3. Chevy55
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    I used the stock steering box but used a 62 Chevy 2 pitman arm. Be ready for oil pan issues depending what engine you use. I have a big block and used a Chevy 2 pan.
     
  4. lawman
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    Thanks Guys. This is a good start. Tom (Tired Old Man)
     
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  5. C/Gas55
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    Stock box and pitman arm. You can also use the stock power steering pitman. Run your draglink over to the passenger side spindle (crossover style) like a Ford.
     
  6. lawman
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    Sounds good so far.Has anyone used a Speedway Straight Axle set up
    or Disc brakes ?
     
  7. str8axle55
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    That is how my 55 was set up.
     
  8. Larry T
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    Wasn't part of the reason of putting a solid axle under a car toget rid of weight? Stock box weighs a ton, how about a reversed Corvair box? What did Blair Speed Shop use on all of their conversions?
    I'm using a Vega box under my 55 for weight savings and room, but I know the Vega box isn't traditional and the car isn't a solid axle car.
    Larry T
     
  9. bbc 1957 gasser
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    i used stock box with cross steer ..
     
  10. lawman
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    This is great info Guys. Larry,We put a Vega cross steer under my Grandsons 38 Chevy Truck.The truck is very light and as to putting one
    under a Tri 5 would you think the Tri 5 may be too heavy ? Thats just a thought but after a lot research on this site the Guys say not to use a Vega on "Fat" fendered cars. Please keep the info coming and maybe something ref to Disc brakes. Tom (Tired Old Man)
     
  11. Butch M
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    I used 62 chevyon mine
     
  12. lawman
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    Thanks Butch.
     
  13. vintagedrags
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    from Erie, PA

    I took Butch's advice when I asked this same question. I too have a 62 Impala box waiting to be installed.
    Like Lawman said, Thanks Butch.
     
  14. Rich Rogers
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    Great info right there, I never thought about that being able to work. Great now I'll have to do my 55.
     
  15. dragrcr50
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    we have done many many tri five straight axles, we always use new front framerails and use a 525 box as its more suited to the weight of the tri 5. and we have used about 30 speedway kits so far... no problems at all with them. we steer both front and rear depending on motor combo or customer preferance... good luck
     
  16. carlos
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    from ohio

    make the axle wide enough,so many use to narrow a axle and really looks like crap
     
  17. lawman
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    Thanks Guys. This Info gives me a good start. Tom (Tired Old Man)
     
  18. jakedmoe
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    i would say 525 or an after market vega box, its a lighter setup as well
     
  19. jakedmoe
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    from California

    Yesss this is very true
     
  20. lawman
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    Thanks again Fellows.How wide of an axle would you Guys suggest ?
    Tom (Tired Old man)
     
  21. ShakeyPuddin55
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    Tired Old Man,
    53" kp to kp.
     
  22. lawman
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    Thanks so much Shakey. Tom (tired Old man)
     
  23. jakedmoe
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    from California

    around 50-53" pin to pin ide say, depending on your front rim/tires
     
  24. lawman
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    Thanks Jake. Tom (Tired Old Man)
     

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