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Old 06-26-2002, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Willys Wagon Steering Help

I've got a willys wagon and I'm trying to figure out where and how to run my steering linkage. I've got a high-steer D44 front, a corvette column, an LT-1 motor, and im not sure what power steering box to go with. I don't think that i have the clearance for mounting a box inside the frame. So I think i have to run it outside using a GM or early Ford box. If anyone can offer any advice, it would be appreciated.
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Old 06-26-2002, 06:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Why dont you have clearence inside? You putting it behind the grill? Or out in front?
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Old 06-26-2002, 06:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm planning on running it behind the radiator. It looks as though the steering shaft is gonna run right into the manifolds when i put the column and stuff in. I've seen the box put outside the frame with a big hole cut in the side of the fender well. I'm just trying to make it as clean as possible.
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Old 06-26-2002, 10:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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my 59 wagon has a saginaw box in front of the grill.no clearance probs with 327 vette motor. got my steering column today.

i looked at all kinds of boxes most were too big,outside the frame is too ugly IMO. if you really want one outside the frame you might take a look at an IFS toy box.
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I have my Saginaw inside the frame in front of the grille and it works great. If you want I'll try to take a few pics tomorrow.
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If you want I'll try to take a few pics tomorrow.
I'd like to see the pics.

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Old 06-26-2002, 11:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well, I'd like to show you all pics, but my jeep is at a shop getting wired. I think I know what you guys are talking about with the saginaw box being up front. I've got one out of a wagoneer that i was planning on using. I've got a SBC 307 in the beast right now and it looked like i might have problems once i swap that vette motor in. I would like to see some pictures of your rigs to get an idea.
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If you've got the clearance for the box, but concerned about the steering shaft, put a joint in the shaft and run a pillow block next to it for support. Use good quality steering joints. like flaming river, not tractor PTO crap, steering is good.
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Hey, thats a good idea. I was worried about angles, but I can ponder that a bit.
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Guys do it all the time, it's not as scary as it sounds, as long as you use good quality parts, and definately a pillow block or rod end supporting the joint. Anything is better than the Willy's factory "hunt & peck" steering system. As much as I hate Advance Adapters, they do have some pretty good Saginaw steering conversion info.
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For what it is worth..... I'm building a 59 willy cj5... I used a manual steering box out of a 1984 ford ranger.... It works sweet!
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http://groups.msn.com/tHEwIDEwORLDoF...to&PhotoID=611

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Old 06-27-2002, 01:24 PM   #12 (permalink)
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heres a pic of my dads setup, The drag link is a stock YJ tierod, we built our own BIG steering arm , and the box is out front if ya can see it in this pic ................. box is from a newer 1ton cheby

http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/39d24...hb4G9A_1D6xaT4


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Old 06-27-2002, 05:52 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Hey PDaddy, you're link didn't work for that picture, but I think I get the idea and can figure it out. Anyways, thanks everyone for your help.
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