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Seeking Steering Box

Postby Adams » Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:39 pm

Hello All, Can anyone suggest where I might find a steering gear box for a 62 Comet? (New or rebuilt). I’m in Texas, but stuff can be shipped anywhere these days of course. Thanks, Chris
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Re: Seeking Steering Box

Postby bigdan » Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:34 am

http://www.flamingriver.com/index.php/p ... 03/FR1497Q

Restoration Parts Source has rebuild kits as well.

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Re: Seeking Steering Box

Postby Adams » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:23 pm

Thanks....I didn’t see one for a 62 Comet on their site, but I’ve emailed them. Chris
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Re: Seeking Steering Box

Postby Adams » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:12 pm

Can anyone verify if a 62 Falcon and 62 Comet have the same steering gear box? I found one for a Falcon, but need it for my Comet. Also, anyone have experience with sector shaft adjustment? Thanks
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Re: Seeking Steering Box

Postby Rocket989 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:40 pm

They’re the same. Verify it’s fir your Comet with at least casting/date code & the tag (if present) will help also. Approach any in car adjustments with A LOT of caution.

You can loosen the nut & tighten in quarter-turn increments. I wouldn’t go past a quarter turn period. Check to make sure the box is packed full of grease first!! The black moly-lithium stuff from WalMart is like 4 bucks a tube & works great.

If you’re interested in rebuilding yours I’ve got good instructions.
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Re: Seeking Steering Box

Postby Jims65cyclone » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:29 pm

Hey Rocket....I wouldn't mind a copy of those instructions. :D
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Re: Seeking Steering Box

Postby Adams » Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:03 pm

Thanks, Rocket. I did fill the case with Moly grease. The gear turns nice and easy, and I really don’t have any serious steering problems, but I’ve got the usual two-or-so inch play (in each direction). I will eventually be doing the whole front end, and would like to have a great steering box to top it off. The car only has 41k original, and nothing is too loose on the front end, but at that age, I’d like it all to be new, especially the ball joints.
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Re: Seeking Steering Box

Postby poboyjo65 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:34 pm

I heard Randy Milner (owner of Melvins ) say on FB the other day that they now had new sector boxes for 64 & 65, which is a little shorter than 63 on back. & you would need the proper column tube. & I think he said 499$ so kinda high but at least there are some out there now.
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Re: Seeking Steering Box

Postby BJB » Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:46 am

poboyjo65 wrote:I heard Randy Milner (owner of Melvins ) say on FB the other day that they now had new sector boxes for 64 & 65, which is a little shorter than 63 on back. & you would need the proper column tube. & I think he said 499$ so kinda high but at least there are some out there now.


For that money I'd rather invest in rack and pinion.
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Re: Seeking Steering Box

Postby bigdan » Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:56 am

BJB wrote:
poboyjo65 wrote:I heard Randy Milner (owner of Melvins ) say on FB the other day that they now had new sector boxes for 64 & 65, which is a little shorter than 63 on back. & you would need the proper column tube. & I think he said 499$ so kinda high but at least there are some out there now.


For that money I'd rather invest in rack and pinion.


I've not used one of the rack and pinion conversions, but all of my digging when I started my 65 kept pointing towards bump steer issues with the rack kits. Again, not my experience, just what I've read and heard others talk about. I rebuilt my 65 box carefully (used a kit from Restoration Parts Source) and it is wonderfully tight now, with almost no play to speak of. Kind of aggravating to interpret the torque specs from the factory manual, but seems to have been worth it.

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Re: Seeking Steering Box

Postby BJB » Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:02 am

I hear you on bump steer but there are many R&P systems out there to chose from. B/S was an issue to a degree with all the early Falcons and I suspect Comets until the steering arms were modified in '65.

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Re: Seeking Steering Box

Postby Rocket989 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:32 pm

Jim - I sent ya a PM but doesn’t look like you’ve read yet! :D
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Re: Seeking Steering Box

Postby Jims65cyclone » Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:50 pm

Rocket...I left on vacation the day you sent it and just got back last night. Been playin' catch-up. :roll: I'll reply.
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