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1968 Dodge D200 steering box question

Discussion in 'General Truck Discussions' started by NICK, May 2, 2018.

  1. NICK

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    Hello everyone I just got this 1968 Dodge D200 318 automatic long bed Adveturer
    manual steering gear box was bad I replaced the steering coupler joint I took the manual steering box and took it to get rebuilt it was bad too much play
    I installed the gear box did not connect the pitman arm yet I did connected the steering column to the gear box
    My question is the following
    I turn the steering wheel left or right as it sits right now without the pitman arm and it just keeps turning like 5 turns to left and if I turn it to the right it goes the 5 turns I had turn it to the left plus it keeps going to the right
    is that normal? the shop that did the rebuilt said I should get 3 turns left or right the most but it does not stop it keeps turning
    So my question is once I connect the pitman arm would I have the stop that the rebuilt shop told me? 3 turns left to 3 turns right?
    I have never done a manual steering box I have done power steering boxes removal

    When I took the gear box off the truck to get it rebuild it had play on the column connector but not the pitman arm connector I was able to move it with my fingers (rotate)
    Once I got the gearbox back from the shop I could not move it with my hand at all it was very hard

    But now that I mounted back on the frame and installed the steering column it turns easy
    but again I have not connected the pitman arm yet

    Any comments help suggestions will be greatly appreciated
    the truck runs and drives great other than this steering issue

    I don't know how to use the site yet to post pictures plus I'm using my laptop/tablet
     
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    If the box and wheels are centered. Align with the pitman all should be good. The stops on the lower ball joint arms will limit the rotations left or right. Three rotation left and right of center sounds excesive.
    Been a long time since driving anything with manual stear.
     
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    thank you for the information, so once i connect all the other things like the pitman arm and the drag link it should all work out fine? i hope!
    I'm waiting for the drag link to be delivered I will post how it went after I finish the installation
    another question
    how do I post videos?
     
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    Thank you
     
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    Problem fixed, the rebuild was not done properly that's
    why it keep spinning I took it back and they redoit
    now it works fine

    thanks everyone for the help
    and it has 3 turns to the left and 3 turns to the right is a manual transmission not power