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1946 steering box worm gear
#1373597 Sun Aug 16 2020 03:04 PM
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I want to overhaul the steering box. I think it is the original steering box but not sure. How do I remove the worm gear shaft? I have the cover loosened and raised over the shaft and the steering wheel removed. Do I have to remove the big nut at the bottom of the steering unit?

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Re: 1946 steering box worm gear
Hog Wild #1373604 Sun Aug 16 2020 03:51 PM
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The four bolt cover on the bottom needs to be removed for the steering shaft assembly to be removed.


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Re: 1946 steering box worm gear
Pre '68 Dave #1373625 Sun Aug 16 2020 06:39 PM
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Thank you, Pre '68 Dave! We finally got it, and now we have another question. LoL

The hollow tube (not sure what it's called) that slides over the worm gear shaft... It's been cut and bent/flared at the end. We're wondering if everything is correct. My truck was produced in April 1946 so we don't know if the modification (flared end) was done at the factory, using what parts they had available post WWII, or if it's a modification made by a previous owner [and we need to get a new hollow tube].

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Re: 1946 steering box worm gear
Hog Wild #1373629 Sun Aug 16 2020 07:04 PM
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The tube is called the mast jack.
I have rebuilt a lot of these and never seen one flared out at the bottom like that.
1-1/2 ton use a longer steering shaft and mast jacket, maybe one of those was adapted to your box.
The pitman shat adjuster looks suspicious also.


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Re: 1946 steering box worm gear
Hog Wild #1373631 Sun Aug 16 2020 07:10 PM
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The tube as you described did not leave the factory in that condition.
I have the one in the attached photos. It has surface rust but no damage to the ends.
If interested send me a PM with your email address.
Harold

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Re: 1946 steering box worm gear
Pre '68 Dave #1373639 Sun Aug 16 2020 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Pre '68 Dave
The pitman shat adjuster looks suspicious also.
I agree.
It looks to me like someone installed it backwards. That button end needs to be on the inside and engaged with the sector shaft to set the lash. I'll bet if it's removed you'll find a slotted end for adjustment. That's supposed to be on the outside of the box.


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Re: 1946 steering box worm gear
Hog Wild #1373664 Sun Aug 16 2020 10:06 PM
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Re: 1946 steering box worm gear
Hog Wild #1373666 Sun Aug 16 2020 10:14 PM
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With any steering box, check the lower worm shaft bearing and race, when water enters the box, it sets on the lower bearings. None of these old boxes are sealed at the input shaft area under the outer tube. So if they set anywhere water seems to get inside them. As for assembly grease, Tractor supply sells a 00 grease, and John Deere corn head grease is a good choice. Most any John Deere dealer can order it, or if the sell farm equipment, they will have it in stock. Both are relative cheap. CV joint grease also works. Any grease of 00 or 000 grade will work, this type of grease will flow back in on itself. Chassis grease is to stiff, it just gets pushed out of the way never to return. A really cheap alternative is 50/50 gun grease and gear lube, but the seals must be in good working order.

Joe

Re: 1946 steering box worm gear
46 Chevy Mom #1373686 Sun Aug 16 2020 11:19 PM
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@ Dave - Thank you for the correct terminology!! We see what you guys are saying now, like it should have been flipped. Makes sense because I feel like the parts were worn oddly, and I think that the tumbler-looking piece looks like it's been modified.

@ Harold - I will definitely send you a message! I would be interested in purchasing a correct mast jack (😊).

@ Joe - Thank you for the information, and the link! Hubby and I were able to visualize what you guys were talking about and it was indeed flipped! Thank you for the info on the grease, too!

This is what I'm curious about - The first piece I'm holding looks worn oddly, to me. Or is that just how they're made? There's only a small portion without the lip/groove. The second tumbler-looking piece - Original condition or modified?

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You can't buy happiness but you can buy a truck...and that's pretty much the same thing.
Never marry the one you can live with, marry the one that you can't live without.


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'46 Chevy pickup
Re: 1946 steering box worm gear
Hog Wild #1373707 Mon Aug 17 2020 12:24 AM
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I think we have a problem. 😬

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You can't buy happiness but you can buy a truck...and that's pretty much the same thing.
Never marry the one you can live with, marry the one that you can't live without.


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Maria
'46 Chevy pickup
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