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Re: Steering opinion?
52Carl #1344779 Mon Feb 03 2020 04:13 AM
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Ok, sounds reasonable.
6 degree shims it is.
I will be rebuilding the springs anyway so no prob with running the center pin through the shims.

Thanks for the input.

I have seen many straight axle vehicles with shims already on them. but pretty sure mine has none. I would figure it was built in and the spec was just for "if its not correct add shims to adjust it"
I will look more closely at my truck and see if there is any caster already.


1955 GMC 150, 1980 Chevy C10, 2011 Sierra 3500 HD SLT Duramax Dually Crewcab, 1960 Chevy BelAir 2dr sedan, 1978 Pontiac Trans-Am
Re: Steering opinion?
jmlloar #1344799 Mon Feb 03 2020 01:07 PM
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If you are going to replace the shims with new pieces why not go one step further and replace the spring pins as well, after all if original they are 65 years old. Just my thoughts. smile

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Craig

Come,Bleed or Blister somethings got to give!!!
Q:"What yah runnin"
A:"3/8 drive Black and Decker aquarium pump motor" (the movie HOTROD)

59' Apache 31, long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: Steering opinion?
TUTS 59 #1344804 Mon Feb 03 2020 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by TUTS 59
If you are going to replace the shims with new pieces why not go one step further and replace the spring pins as well, after all if original they are 65 years old. Just my thoughts. smile


That's a given. Even IF they would come loose without breaking or stripping threads, the old ones would be to short.
I always replace the bolt when separating leaves.


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Re: Steering opinion?
jmlloar #1344822 Mon Feb 03 2020 04:23 PM
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I found these after doing a quick search, this kit comes with new center bolts
https://www.sdtrucksprings.com/inde...NwuO15wIVCr3ACh1-JQJcEAQYAyABEgLlivD_BwE


Craig

Come,Bleed or Blister somethings got to give!!!
Q:"What yah runnin"
A:"3/8 drive Black and Decker aquarium pump motor" (the movie HOTROD)

59' Apache 31, long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: Steering opinion?
jmlloar #1346154 Wed Feb 12 2020 03:45 PM
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All in one shot is always nice.


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Re: Steering opinion?
jmlloar #1350732 Thu Mar 19 2020 11:05 PM
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Just an fyi
I did the box swap to 70's 2wd box and when you flip the lower shock mounts and cut the steering arm, you MUST flip the tie rod from behind the axle to in front of the axle. (very easy just put it on backwards) If not the tie rod hits the lower mount before the steering stops touch.


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Re: Steering opinion?
jmlloar #1350797 Fri Mar 20 2020 12:36 PM
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I found that out as well. What I did was to move the lower shock mount the top of the axle, between the axle and spring pack. It required me to fab a plate to weld to the shock mount and the use of a longer center pin. The plate is only 5/16" inch thick so it didn't add to much space under the shim. Please keep in mind that I did remove 3 leafs from the spring, so the extra 5/16" was not really an issue as I will be using shocks designed for a lowered truck. As a side note, I had thought that I would require shorter u bolts after removing the additional leafs, adding the extra 5/16" plate allowed me to use the factory length u bolts with no problems.

link for shocks: https://www.brotherstrucks.com/1955-59-CHEVY_GMC-TRUCK-FRONT-GAS-SHOCK/productinfo/FGS5559/


Craig

Come,Bleed or Blister somethings got to give!!!
Q:"What yah runnin"
A:"3/8 drive Black and Decker aquarium pump motor" (the movie HOTROD)

59' Apache 31, long term project (30 years and counting)
Re: Steering opinion?
jmlloar #1350896 Sat Mar 21 2020 01:28 AM
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flipping it front to rear worked best for me. had to pull the drivers side arm off to cut it anyway. 2 bolts on each side and put the right on the left and left to the right. I did king pins so I had it apart anyway.
The down side is that its more exposed to road debris, the plus side is a ton more oil pan clearance.

Last edited by jmlloar; Tue Mar 24 2020 12:11 AM.

1955 GMC 150, 1980 Chevy C10, 2011 Sierra 3500 HD SLT Duramax Dually Crewcab, 1960 Chevy BelAir 2dr sedan, 1978 Pontiac Trans-Am
Re: Steering opinion?
jmlloar #1354539 Sat Apr 11 2020 01:52 PM
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PS box installed

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Re: Steering opinion?
jmlloar #1364276 Wed Jun 10 2020 04:34 AM
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Got a good deal on a hydroboost from a chevy van motorhome alond with the steering column

Also purchased new 2 piston calipers and brackets to go with the rotors

Last edited by jmlloar; Wed Jun 10 2020 04:36 AM.

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