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Re: '50 3100 steering box seal replacement. [Re: 52Carl] #1330432 Sat Oct 19 2019 03:37 AM
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Carl,

If I can rebuild my whole steering box, you can also. Hardest part was removing all the nasty old grease. The rest is easy as long as you follow the steering box manual.

Chris

Re: '50 3100 steering box seal replacement. [Re: 52Carl] #1330461 Sat Oct 19 2019 03:38 PM
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Good into to keep in mind when our steering box starts the leak.


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If I'm not working on my truck or VW camper, I'm fishing with the wife or smoking Salmon.
Re: '50 3100 steering box seal replacement. [Re: ndkid275] #1330495 Sun Oct 20 2019 12:16 AM
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Originally Posted by ndkid275
Carl,

If I can rebuild my whole steering box, you can also. Hardest part was removing all the nasty old grease. The rest is easy as long as you follow the steering box manual.

Chris

My box doesn't need a rebuild. It is tight, it just likes to mark my trail. I rebuilt the one that I have in inventory. I agree that once you get past the apprehension of the task, rebuilding them is pretty easy.
What I am trying to do is just change the seal, avoiding having to remove the entire steering mast. [insert lazy Imodium here] (I am aware that "Imodium" is the wrong word, but it is funnier to me.)
Carl
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Re: '50 3100 steering box seal replacement. [Re: 52Carl] #1330561 Sun Oct 20 2019 08:47 PM
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Just ordered that pitman arm seal from RockAuto, not listed under Chevy AD truck years, but available as SKF 11055 for under $6.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos
Re: '50 3100 steering box seal replacement. [Re: 52Carl] #1330582 Sun Oct 20 2019 11:41 PM
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You go, Kevin! Lets have a race to see who gets theirs done first so that we can offer what we have learned from it to the guy who comes in second place.
On your mark.
Get set.
Go!

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Re: '50 3100 steering box seal replacement. [Re: 52Carl] #1332252 Sat Nov 02 2019 03:23 AM
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I have recently replaced the sector shaft and seal in my 1952 Chev 1/2-ton without removing the steering box & column from the truck:
-Removed the pitman arm
-Disconnected the exhaust pipe from the exhaust manifold (to allow the shaft to clear)
-Removed the backlash adjuster lock nut and screwed the backlash screw in a couple of turns
-Removed the 3 bolts on the side cover
-Pulled the side cover and sector shaft
-Did not have to disturb the worm bearing adjuster
-Installed new seal
-Installed new sector shaft, reassembled, and adjusted the backlash (worm bearing adjuster did not need readjustment)

Did this fix the leak???? NO! (See new thread posted this evening on this forum)

Re: '50 3100 steering box seal replacement. [Re: 52Carl] #1333266 Mon Nov 11 2019 02:24 AM
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Update.
Jacked up the truck and removed the left front wheel.
Pulled the pitman arm with a puller.
Drilled a small hole in the packing retainer and pulled it out using a small screw held in Visegrips. The packing came out with it.
Cleaned everything up with Gun Scrubber.
Installed the new double lipped seal with a length of pipe of the correct size.
Filled it with John Deere cornhead grease.
Piece of cake.
Thanks to everyone for the guidance!

Re: '50 3100 steering box seal replacement. [Re: 52Carl] #1333269 Mon Nov 11 2019 02:42 AM
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Originally Posted by 52Carl

Installed the new double lipped seal with a length of pipe of the correct size.


Did you let the guy that talks to himself do the work, LOL?

Nice work Carl!

Where did you get the seal and what part number is it?


Andy

His: 1947 Chevrolet 3100
Hers: 2008 American Saddlebred

"A Jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one." - Benjamin Franklin
Re: '50 3100 steering box seal replacement. [Re: HandyAndy] #1333273 Mon Nov 11 2019 03:48 AM
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Originally Posted by HandyAndy
Where did you get the seal and what part number is it?

See my post above. Got mine thru Rockauto.


Kevin
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Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos
Re: '50 3100 steering box seal replacement. [Re: 52Carl] #1333285 Mon Nov 11 2019 04:48 AM
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Thanks Kevin!

I tuned in late and didn't read the entire thread.....


Andy

His: 1947 Chevrolet 3100
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