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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-11-2001, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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I`m making my own today ( actually right now ) and I have the parts ready to go here . That webbing on the bottom of the steering box that seems to be in the way to mount the "collar" ? This has to be ground down , correct ? Just want to make sure before I spark up grindey the grinder [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

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Re: Home Made CJ Steering Box Brace

I would think grinding is not an option. But hey, I am way to conservative. On mine, I just made my collar large enough to fit arount the shaft, but not big enough to go around the web. Then, a bolt ties the halves of the brace together over the web, binding it all togethter. Lot less concern of jeopardizing the integrity of the box that way.

This is all just my opinion and preference.

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I made mine as jfralph described. I think it's the way to go.

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Re: Home Made CJ Steering Box Brace

If the "collar" is wide, notch the collar to fit, that's what I did.

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Re: Home Made CJ Steering Box Brace

The issue I`m having is locating that type of collar . I know a few of you have found them at plumbing stores but I haven`t been so lucky . The kind I`m talking about is like the one in the pic here .
The nearest I`ve come is a 2 1/2 " collar from a fencing store and it`s good and sturdy , but I would need to grind the psb to use it . Bla !



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Re: Home Made CJ Steering Box Brace

the big end of an AMC V8 ( and probably alot of other engines) works perfect, you grind a littel notch in the bearing cap, then tighten it down and viola,.

I dont have any pics of mine, but I can send you an old rod if youd like



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Here's how I did mine

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Re: Home Made CJ Steering Box Brace

BTW, I have some of the Chevy 350 connecting rods if anyone would like one. Just pick up the shipping and it's yours. I'll even take the piston off first.

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Re: Home Made CJ Steering Box Brace

Thanks JeepN , I have an import[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]Toyota con rod I was staring at for the last couple hours and I think I`ll go that route .
The best tube I can find is steel water pipe to slide over the con rod and then weld it . Figure thats strong enough or look for better tubing/pipe ? The reason I wanted to use the clamp method(Tompken design) is that I could have used a good piece of angle iron going up to my end bracket . With the con rod idea I will have to bend the tubing and all I have access to right now is a small propane torch [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] . Hopefully that will do the job .



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