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Old 11-04-2020, 08:20 PM   #1
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Default 50 Ford Steering Tight

Hello All,
I rebuilt the steering box in my 50 Tudor. When I drive it the steering seems tight at center and the steering does not tend to return to center after turning the wheel. I have backed off on the nut and screw at the top of the box. Any thoughts on where the problem may be?


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Old 11-04-2020, 09:59 PM   #2
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The steering should be tighter right at the center point. The caster of the front wheels is what helps with the wheel centering. If the steering box itself is too tight, it may be the pre-load on the bearings. The gaskets/shims adjust the pe-load.

For some rebuild information might take a look at this video, around th 8 to 9 min mark.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...6530A356A1E859

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Hi, was there a video link there? Thanks, Steve
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Old 11-04-2020, 11:11 PM   #4
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Screwed that up! I'll get it fixed shortly.

Ok, added the link, sorry about that!!

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Old 11-05-2020, 01:18 AM   #5
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That's a nice video. Thanks!
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Old 11-05-2020, 02:46 AM   #6
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Beautiful, thanks for that great video!
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That's a good video.
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Old 11-05-2020, 09:53 AM   #8
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As some said, it may need an alignment. With the steering linkage disconnected you should feel a slight drag as the wheel goes through the center. A rough adjustment for that, that gets you close is to center the steering wheel and loosen the four bolts that hold the sector housing. rotate that until it is loose and then bring it back until there is zero clearance.
When you say rebuilt, did you replace all the bearings worm and sector, or just put new gaskets in it? If your worm bearing preload is too tight it is possible to change those gaskets without removing the steering box. You'll have to loosen the column and then slide it up. Take out the four capscrews and add a gasket. Cut it so the sut is at the top where it will not see oil.
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