I forgot who posted this, but I thought it was appropriate for this message string about steering boxes. Here it is:
<font color=red>"Yeeha! The steering is fixed.
It started out with a drag rod end replacement...because the original was way loose...next thing I knew, the steering box was shot...worn beyond repair. NAPA wanted $252 for a replacement Jeep box, and it would take up to 2 weeks to special order it...I tried to explain that I just needed a Saginaw box, that there were a bunch of 800 series that would work, if they would only look in the box they'd see, but their computer told them otherwise. After reading my newest 4wheel and off road, I went down there and asked for a power steering box off of a 1974 Camaro. I got a Saginaw 800 with the "76" casting (heavier bearings, etc.), with the proper 4 bolt mounting pattern, the small jeep power steering shaft end, the 4 way keyed sector shaft, and the large SAE compression fittings (with a different size for pressure and return lines)... In short, the exact box I wanted. Cost? Well, this box was used on millions of GM cars (as well as jeeps, mind you) and they had it in stock, pulled it off the shelf, and I was on my merry way for just over $100. Slapped her in, added my steering box brace, and flushed the system...Voila! The only other slop I could find in the whole steering system was just a nuggie of freeplay in the steering shaft, where the sliding joint is (where the inner piece from the steering column meets the outer piece from the steering box). Well, I wanted it to still be collapseable and all, but I didn't want the slop, so I welded a thin bead around the inner piece, and then ground it down so it fit inside the outer sleeve nice and tight. The steering is fixed, and for now, all is well with the jeep. Wait a minute, I really didn't just say that...and I'm fervently knocking on wood. Anyhow, if you need a new box, and you have the pre-o-ring hoses, try the 1974 camaro box."</font color=red>
My other vehicle is an Aircraft Carrier.