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I was checking underneath to see what was happening with the steering. I took this video and noticed the steering box moved a little on the frame when turning the steering wheel. View this video full length top and bottom so you can see the gear box move . Let me know if this can cause the looseness of my steering?



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I'm sure it could..have you checked for cracks in the frame by the steering box? If I recall there were some years that were more prone to it.
 

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Yo grovermyson,
I can't view any videos on my old tablet, so;

Steering Box Frame Crack Repair
Source: by Ford
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"Steering Box Frame Crack
The following areas of the frame should be checked before performing a steering gear frame liner repair: the frame rail near the steering gear top and bottom flanges, and the frame rail at the steering gear bolt heads. If there are cracks in these areas of the frame, the frame must be replaced. Inspect the mounting surface of the steering gear for signs of motion, loose rivets or cracks. Removal of the steering gear may be necessary to check for cracks in the frame liner. If the frame liner is cracked or has loose rivets, repair the liner by using Frame Repair Kit E6TZ-5K130-A. If necessary a steering gear liner to frame, rivet repair can be made by using the procedures described in the illustration.

Rivet Removal and Replacement
1. Drill a 1/8-inch hole through rivet.
2. Redrill the hole through the shank of the rivet with an 11/32-inch drill.
3. Use an air chisel to remove rivet head.
4. Drive out rivet with a punch or other suitable tool.
5. Line drill one 7/16-inch hole marked "V" to 9/16-inch diameter.
6. Install one 9/16-inch bolt in the direction shown in the first illustration.
7. Position bolt head on top (next to crossmember) with hex head flat to the rear to provide best clamping.
8. Install one 9/16-inch washer nut side only and one 9/16-inch nut. Tighten to 190 N-m (140 ft-lb).
NOTE: Tack weld the nut to the bolt as shown in the second illustration."

Also, How to repair a frame crack on a Bullnose truck @ Frame
 

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I'm not sure what symptoms a loose box would cause, but it'd definitely do something. 78/79's can definitely get cracks. My 78 had a few hairline cracks around the mounting holes. I had a shop weld the cracks and weld a plate over that section as well to strengthen it.
 

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FYI....all the bolts attaching the steering gearbox to the frame were loose! What the hell is wrong with me...important to go through and recheck and recheck...


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well, can happen.
good no problem to solve!!!
 

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FYI....all the bolts attaching the steering gearbox to the frame were loose! What the hell is wrong with me...important to go through and recheck and recheck...


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always nice when it's something simple.
 
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That’s what I thought. You very rarely get a simple solution in the world of older Broncos


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Yeah, those bolts have a tendency to loosen up especially if you wheel your Bronco and have larger tires.
 
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