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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2020, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Rag Joint issue.

I was putting my 66 back together and the reconnecting the Steering I found 2 issues.

One: The joint seems too far apart.

Two: The Rag joint seems to be ripped.

How would I make the joints closer? (move the steering box coupler closer to shaft?)

and B I can just get a new rubber part at the Parts store?

Thanks for any help you can give.


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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2020, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Found this post on the size...

https://www.impalas.net/forums/2-gen...oint-size.html

I should need a 13/16" joint.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2020, 08:02 PM
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What did you change from the time you took it apart (it fit) until you put it back together and discovered that it no longer fits?

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2020, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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I replaced the car's frame.

I removed the power steering from one frame and moved it to the other.

There are only three bolt holes in the frame it could go into. All other body mounts lined up.

Not sure...

Here is the steering unit mounted to the new frame.



View before I tried to attach:

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2020, 10:25 PM
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I suspect there is a mismatch. Is that your Power Steering Gear box off of your old frame or the one that came with new frame? Are they both the same in appearance? (check Saginaw steering box sites to identify a 500, 600, 700, or an 800 series gear boxes; and what distinguishes them from each other:

https://leepowersteering.com/pages/h...entify-gearbox

Once you know what you have you have to figure out what year it is as newer faster ratio boxes are metric and require a different rag joint.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-29-2020, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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The power steering box is same that was on the old frame. I would say it's an 800 with 4 bolt holes. I'm guessing from the site info.






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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-28-2020, 01:41 AM
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So, what was the deal here?
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-28-2020, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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I think if figured it out...

The column was pushed back about 1/2"



I loosened the strap under the column and was able to push it flush.

New one in...

Lares 201 13/16"





The Rag joint should work now.

Needed a new one anyway.

Thanks everyone for your help.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-29-2020, 05:37 PM
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WHEW! Glad you got that resolved. I was going to say that the metal tang on the rag joint really needs to be within that notch on the end of the column! Unsafe to not have that in place. It would have worked until it ripped in half, then bad things happen fast.

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