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I just finished the homebuilt steering brace! It looks great. I used two 5/8ths bolts to bolt a flat, 6x6" piece of steel to the inside of the framerail so that 2" stuck below the frame. I then welded a piece of 2x2" angle iron to the bottom of the plate so that it rests snugly against the bottom of the frame-rail. Then, I made a 2x6" flat piece of 1/4" that attaches to the output of the steering box with a u-joint. It is attached to the frame plate with a piece of 3/16ths walled 1.5"x1.5" square tubing. It will take the hand of God himself to move that steering box now. So I imagine that the next week link is the tie rods...right? Whaddya think? Weld angle iron to the outside, or put solid rod inside?

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Do you have soem pics of that brace? I need one too!

Mine has been ripped off once before and is now welded, and got some cheesy chain holding it in place...




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I would like a picture too. I am going to learn how to weld in about 3 weeks. My friends dad has his own shop and he said he would teach me how to ARC and wire feed. I don't know a thing about wire feed but I have the basic idea behind ARC welding.
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connecting rod off a 350 chevy works great for the steering box clamp and elimanates the hardest part to make. Just cut the rod in the middle and grin to fit inside the tube. Actually I don't think you can even buy one this heavy duty, and looks profesional too. Thats how I made mine. I don't have a dig. camara but if I can borrow one this weekend maybe I can post some pics if anybody wants some.

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sounds cool Dirt Dog, point me to the pics man!


Now, I just need to befreind a GM fan with a scrap parts pile...hmmm

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Ozark I've got a friend coming over this weekend to watch Daytona , maybe I can persuade (BEER) him into bringing his. I'll see what I can do.

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oo.. oo.. can i see also.. am starting to put my heap of parts together.. and would love to make one more thing for it from scratch.. and it sounds cool... would really like to see it.. thanx peoples....

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If I can get him to bring it over I wil try to make a post with note on the details first of week.

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I made one by using a unistrut pipe support of the correct size, (I believe 2"). They are available at most plumbing supply stores, and they are only about $1.50, and they are cadmium plated. Attach a mounting plate on the passenger frame rail and tack a piece of heavy, small diameter pipe between them, take off both pieces and weld them up solid.

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Mountain Off Road will also sell you just the clamp part if you want to make your own and don't have a Chevy connecting rod.

 

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I have a few, well 8 amc 304 rods, I wonder what the size difference is on eht ebig end to a Chevy 350....hmmm, Ill go out and hold it up to the steering box when I find a coat and another beer...




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Send me a pic also, I've been thinking about how I could make one.
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thats funny as hell Ducman...

I looked at the 304 rod big ends last night, they look small to me, I didnt hold it up against the steering box, the box is in teh yard, the rods are in the basement, the beer was on the wrong side of the house...

Ill check later and repost

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UPDATE
He is supposed to bring the camara.
I should have pics mon. or tues.
I'll do a little write up on the small mods.

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I am going to post it on this board so anyone can see it.
/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gifNo camara showed up today. I just called him , he said he would bring it tomorrow. Sorry for the delay.
Anybody want to send me a free dig. camara so I won't have these problems in the future?/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif

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