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Subframe welding, Steering Box disassembly



Repaired the front subframe by welding in reinforcement plates--one for the driver's side motor mount (which was cracked), and the other for the center bottom of the subframe (which was all bent up from car jack use). Also fixed a bent and broken tow eye; we're guessing they were both bent inwards when connected with a tow strap. Many thanks to Ken Calardo for the welding! Video here.


Disassembling the steering box required the use of a pneumatic pickle fork to hammer off the pitman arm. Then, while trying to remove the two seals, I was (unintentionally) trying to tear apart the seals instead of removing them; oops. I had read about the metal inside the seals and had removed those—but I had removed only the springs, not the frames. Once I understood this, I simply yanked the seals out with Vise-Grips. Now on to the soaking and cleaning of all of the bits…













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Looks like you're progressing right along.  Be sure and examine the worm gear carefully for pitting, and make sure the bearings are in good shape--no pitting or galling on the balls.  If the worm gear is pitted, you're gonna need another steering box, but yours is probably OK.  Mine just leaks like a sieve, so will have to remove and dismantle to replace the seals.  I have a spare steering box so may take that one apart and re-seal so I can do a simple swap out. 


Glad to see the car is progressing...



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