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Old 02-12-2018, 12:42 PM   #1
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Removing Steering Box

Hi guys getting ready to send my manual steering box from 82 4wd pickup off to West Texas Off Road for a rebuild. Is there anything to know before going into this job? I suppose the crux is removing the pittman arm from the box, for which I will have to rent a puller from Napa or something? Is everything else just unbolt and remove? Does a writeup exist anywhere?
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Also wondering what type of Pitman puller I need as I may just buy one if its cheap enough
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-3 bolts on the frame
-2 bolts for the rag joint for the steering shaft
-pull the draglink off the pitman arm
-pull the box, take to the rental place of your choice and match the pitman arm puller needed (i bought one from harbor freight for about $15 and have used it a few times)
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-3 bolts on the frame
-2 bolts for the rag joint for the steering shaft
-pull the draglink off the pitman arm
-pull the box, take to the rental place of your choice and match the pitman arm puller needed (i bought one from harbor freight for about $15 and have used it a few times)

thanks Dropzone...do I need to mark anything beforehand for alignment purposes when re-installing the steering box?
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it would be a good idea to mark the pitman arm across the shaft before you remove it from the steering box.
However more than likely you are going to need an alignment after having the box rebuilt
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I removed my pitman arm with the steering box still in place. Used a torch to heat up the arm where it attaches to the box and with a puller it eventually gave e up the fight and popped off.
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if yours has a drag link from the steering box to the left front knuckle (I'm pretty sure 1982s all do) you won't effect your alignment in any way except centering of the steering wheel.
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