Originally Posted by Robs79BBbronco
Heard redhead makes a badass repl.
I went with one from o'reilly's...
..mine doesn't see much rough off road.
Yeah but. :)
---> Redhead's rebuilt boxes have needle bearings in 'em. <---
Our original boxes are -without- sector shaft -bearings-! :(
...that's why they wear so bad and get so stinkin sloppy.
The sector shaft twists right-on the cast iron.
Ford saved some money at our expense.
Sweet of 'em huh? ;)
They didn't do that with the car boxes but a lot of them only had bronze
bearings and not needle bearings for long life. But they -could- replace
those bronze sleeve bearings when they wore tho. Problem was, Ford
ran out of those bearings and didn't bother to order new ones. :(
Also Redhead uses larger balls to take up even more slack in the box.
Redhead boxes' best use would be for highway use, see it now? :)
I had the original steering gear (box) on my '75 F150 line bored locally
and they installed some bronze sleeve bearings in it. Made it less sloppy
than when it was new. No kidding. I got those bearings over the brand
spanking new Internet! LOL :) Bearing shops said they couldn't be had
at any price. I told 'em I'd look on the new-Internet "good luck ;)".
(Emerson Bearing in Missouri(?) No pics, only text on the Internet then)
Redhead line bores the boxes without factory needle bearings then
installs new needle bearings for long life.
My old pickup steers and handles way better now than when it was new.
Anybody wannna argue about that, just go for it. LOL ...I'm game. :)
After the box gets wornout there's a single-shot-band-aid that can be
applied but it has a limited life span then the box is shot without line
boring it and installing bearings.
The band-aid is: They re-engineered the lower seals so they're thinner
allowing space for a ~1/4" thick hard steel ring to go inside where the
seals go, giving the sector shaft a new tighter surface to work from. :)
The cast iron under the ring beats/wears out and there you are again,
besides that, the upper bearing surface for the sector shaft is worn too
and nothing is done about that slop.
When I get some money ahead, Redhead boxes are in my future.
Alvin in AZ
ps- Dear Thumb,
In my dune buggies I've driven up the side of a mountain and back
down in front of 4wd's that were stuck and blocking the road. No shit.
Let alone when we were on dirt bikes. LOL :) Or around obstacles like
6 foot diameter tree fallen across the road. Tracks showed the jeeps
etc turned around. Dune buggy climbed the hill and went around it no
sweat, using turning brakes to steer! Way-too-steep to steer using the
front tires, see it? :) The main trick is to use an old bus axle that has
the reduction gears, makes the buggy not-want-to-wheelie-out while
climbing a steep spot. Bug-axle buggies couldn't keep up with me in
the steep stuff. Showing up with a dune buggy was one sure way to
piss off all the 4wd guys. xD They had more money in their tires than
I had in the whole dune buggy. LOL :) (prob'ly a dumb idea for me to
mention DB's on a 4wd forum huh?;)