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Author Topic:   pitman trouble switching steering box's
Dirt Forum Racer

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posted March 29, 2005 04:57 AM  
I am building my first metric car. I decided to put the steering box from my 78t/a into it and it looked like everything was going to work fine. then i noticed the output shaft on the t/a was bigger. the t/a pitman does not have the drop that i need. is there a pitman that will fit the larger t/a box and have the drop and length to work on a metric car.

Dirt Freak

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posted March 29, 2005 09:19 AM  
If your metric car has the box with the round top cover the shaft is small I think. but the metric 4 bolt box arm will work. Again I am not sure of this.

Dirt Maniac

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posted March 29, 2005 10:18 AM  
you need the one that came with the box you have,there are different box lengths,they will all work,but to make up for the length the pitman arm has to be longer or shorter.

Dirt Forum Racer

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posted March 29, 2005 10:53 AM  
by 4 bolt do you mean the bolts on the box itself not the mounting bolts correct?

The round top box is what came off of the metric and the t/a does have 4 bolts. did some metrics come with this larger diameter output shaft. if so which ones.

on the second post the boxes are the same size on the output end. the input end is different but i was needing extra length there anyway. the metric pitman arm would work if it would fit the shaft. the t/a pitman arm to work would have to be bent twice. i really dont want to heat on something that will take that much abuse.

neil rucker
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posted March 29, 2005 03:52 PM  
"FLEXI FLYER" in arizona will send you one for your particular situation, but they wont tell you what it originally came on.

Dirt Full Roller

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posted March 29, 2005 06:12 PM  
The metric cars used two different gears. One has a snap ring retained top cover and the other is 4 bolt retained. NOT mounting bolts, the aluminum top cover. The ring retained one use a smaller pitman shaft. If you get a pitman arm for the vehicle you have you will be fine. Most every metric car came either way so you will have to either see it at the wrecking yard or ask for the one with the 4 bolt cover when you buy one. Hope that helps.


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