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pitman arm for saginaw

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by akcruza, Mar 2, 2004.

  1. akcruza

    akcruza

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    i have a saginaw manual steering box and my tie rod does not fit the pitman arm. there is alot of play. what would be the best remedy. I have no idea what the box came out of because it was installed when I bought it. I replaced the tie rods and ran into the problem. I'd also like to get a drop pitman arm if possible. can anyone steer me in the right direction.
     
  2. Isotel

    Isotel

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    you man be able to find metal tubing that will take up some slop, you may need to drill it out to fit better, if you need a drop pitman, go to the junk yard and look at jeep cherokee's, that may solve two problems in one
     
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    You didn't put a Toyota TRE on did you? The pitman needs a Chevy end. I bought my reach rod with the Toyota and Chevy ends from Downey or Man-A Fre can't remember. When I bought it it had a water pipe for a rod, with both ends welded on!!
     
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    woody unhelpful spotter Staff Member Admin

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    Saginaw boxes almost ALL use the same diameter and splines at the box end....length, drop and opening size for the drag link end vary. It's a tapered fit, so there will be no tubing out there that will snug it up.

    What ends are you using?? Your only/easiest option may be to remove the pitman, take to a fab shop and get the tie rod hole welded shut/redrilled/retapered. All tie rod ends have a large diameter/small diameter/depth requirement and degree of taper for install....some are very common, some are oddball.
     
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    I tried using a mid-70s pitman arm and could not find a TRE to fit that didn't have the extra long solid end. (The drag link on many GM cars of that era were attached to the long end of the TRE. I ran into a bunch of them.)

    I ended up buying a pitman that had been welded and redrilled with a different taper to fit "standard" TREs. This is with stock suspension, though, so I used a flat pitman.

    I also had to shorten the drag link and retap one end for US threads. (A few bucks there for a drill bit and tap.)

    I've also heard the Cherokee drop arms are worth a look.
     
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    Gumby Supamod Staff Member s-Moderator

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    I bought one a while back. I didn't like it for my application as it wasn't long enough to turn the wheels all the way to the stops. I did find that they were $10 cheaper new than what the junkyard wanted.
     
  7. HI^C

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    a manual saginaw box?

    time to change to power box and finish draglink and such all at the same time?

    got pics i will try to ID it. most manual boxes off of a car mount inside the frame rails, trucks are out side.