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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dan, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. Dan
    Joined: Mar 13, 2001
    Posts: 2,379


    My buddy and I reversed a corvair box for his '27T, hooked it all up and now it steers backwards, the pitman arm is pointing down, we cant move it to point up or else it will hit the headers. Did we put something together backwards inside the box? How do we fix this??
  2. dmw56
    Joined: Jan 1, 2008
    Posts: 709


    Unreverse it!
  3. hotrod-Linkin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 3,382


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    If you mounted it like this, it should steer the right way when reversed.

  5. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,751


    the whole reason for reversing it is get it to swing exactly as you describe
  6. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,916


    Why did you think you had to reverse it? Did you actually hold it up to the car and try it before doing the reverse? Or did you just read about it in a magazine?
  7. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,143

    hugh m
    from ct.

    Don't feel bad, the first model A I built did the same thing. Wasn't hard to figure out, and no one saw it til it was fixed. About 1963.
  8. chaos10meter
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 2,191

    from PA.

    You'll get used to it.
  9. redlinetoys
    Joined: May 18, 2004
    Posts: 4,300

    from Midwest

    This is FUNNY! Sorry. I know it isn't to you right now.

    Have to admit a story on myself though...

    Two years ago, I replaced the rack and pinion steering in my small ski boat and we took off for a 4 hour drive to Lake Michigan. After waiting in line and putting it in the lake, I quickly realized the rack was in upside down and the steering was BACKWARDS. I could not BELIEVE that I had done that!

    I started to pull back in to the boat dock and my brother looks me in the eye and says, "Dude, we are on the water..."

    So, after pondering that comment for a moment, I never looked back. I put my hand at the BOTTOM of the steering wheel and just remembered right is right and left is left for the rest of the day. We had a GREAT time!!!

    Good luck with your situation!
  10. roadster mike
    Joined: Sep 2, 2009
    Posts: 44

    roadster mike

    You need a reversed Corvair steering box when it is mounted above the frame rail, not below it.
  11. HUH? How does the height that you mount the box make any difference? What matters is the direction of mounting and the way the Pitman arm is pointing.
  12. AJofHollywood
    Joined: Oct 3, 2008
    Posts: 641


    Yeah, and you'd be the only ones that know how to drive it. Consider it an anti-theft devise.
  13. steel rebel
    Joined: Jun 14, 2006
    Posts: 3,604

    steel rebel
    Member Emeritus

    I did the same thing in the 80s. Put my wife in it to drive it around to the camp site. Still haven't heard the last of it yet.
  14. bigskybob
    Joined: Jan 9, 2007
    Posts: 39


    It's just like eveything else we do on these MONSTERS we love - Live and Learn!!

  15. Rotate seat 180* >>>>.
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,297

    from Lampe,Mo.

    >>>Reversed Corvair box in my old '55,,
  17. AJofHollywood
    Joined: Oct 3, 2008
    Posts: 641


    I'm sorry, I can't stop laughing from chaos10meter's comment "You'll get used to it".

    I'm trying to picture this guy and his buddy driving the car, with sweat rolling down their faces, "We just have to get use to this!"
  18. zzford
    Joined: May 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,823


    This is an easy fix...flip the steering wheel over, that'll take care of the problem.
  19. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,221


    er...that's what he meant...just different words :)
  20. Dan
    Joined: Mar 13, 2001
    Posts: 2,379


    I'll be the first to admit that I am sure it is some (hopefully!) simple error we made, I have no problem at all fessing up when I f%$* up...
    I'll have to take a look after work tonight and see what is up, he is trying to relay to me what is happening and another buddy mounted the box so I will get a clearer picture of what is up and check back in...I am just hoping that this would be one of those situations where youve looked at a problem so long you are overlooking the obvious, then a fresh set of eyes has a look and spots the problem instantly - let you know what I find out...
  21. Post pics after you go look at it. ;)
  22. Dan
    Joined: Mar 13, 2001
    Posts: 2,379


    would sitting on my head make it go the right direction :)
  23. markjenks
    Joined: Aug 31, 2009
    Posts: 384


    Right along the same lines. Rebuilt the tranny on my Harley back around 1995ish..

    Got it out of the basement for the first ride and couldn't find neutral! After scratching my head for about 20 mins, I tried it backwards, and there it was.

    So, instead of 1 up/3 down, it was 1 down/3 up..

    Left it like that for about 7 years until I took the tranny back out again.

    Not too hard to get used to. :O The nice thing is, no one wanted to ride my bike.
  24. R Frederick
    Joined: Mar 30, 2009
    Posts: 2,658

    R Frederick
    from illinois

    My sportbikes were one down/ five up, don't see the problem.
  25. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
    Posts: 4,427


    That would be good for backing up trailers.
  26. markjenks
    Joined: Aug 31, 2009
    Posts: 384


    Yikes, that just shows how long it was wrong! lol

    It was 1 up, 3 down for 7 years.
  27. moter
    Joined: Jul 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,137


    years ago I replaced the power steering ram on an older vette.....hooked the lines up backwards....they can go either way...Holy smokes Batman! :eek: I have never seen a steering wheel move so fast back and forth...kinda scary
  28. Heo
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 524


    I made a bicycle with reversed stering
    for a poker run we had the only one that
    could ride the slalomcourse we had layd out
    was a woman
  29. Easy fix, just cross your arms while steering.??@@!!
  30. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
    Posts: 7,734

    Larry T

    Every Harley I've had since 69 is 1 down/3 or 4 up.
    Larry T

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