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’46 Steering box alternate?
#1377083 Tue Sep 15 2020 01:47 AM
Joined: Sep 2020
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New 2 the forum, been searching here for weeks on options for my restored '46 AK steering box issue. Will say right off i prefer to just keep it i pulled and sent
the unit to a regional specialist in San Jose Ca. who indicated a 3 day turnaround “no problem, we stock all those parts’....well, right off they found the main shaft had been cut/brazed, the races were standing proud, & 3 weeks later its not ready as it just won’t come up right....they are working on a solution but........
I’m concerned If i can’t use this one (and i can’t find a used/rebuildable steering box to install) i am wondering what my retrofit options are...
been thru all the threads on THE ‘BOLT including PS options just to see what folks have done (i don’t want PS but might offer insights.....
not necessarily into reinventing what others have already figured out.......

thx in advance

46 235 w/5sp

Re: ’46 Steering box alternate?
ccanepa50 #1377106 Tue Sep 15 2020 03:51 AM
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Jim Carter has a new steering box worm gear assembly with shaft, his part number MES148.

Last edited by Lightholder's Dad; Tue Sep 15 2020 03:52 AM.

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Re: ’46 Steering box alternate?
ccanepa50 #1377107 Tue Sep 15 2020 04:00 AM
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Lot's of parts suppliers out there. I doubt that you wouldn't be able to find a usable steering box if yours cannot be repaired.


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Re: ’46 Steering box alternate?
ccanepa50 #1377128 Tue Sep 15 2020 01:36 PM
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A lot of guys pull there's off to upgrade to R&P steering. A generous bolter send me one that he no longer needed. You should have no problem getting what you need.


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Re: ’46 Steering box alternate?
ccanepa50 #1377133 Tue Sep 15 2020 02:13 PM
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Yes, Jim Carter sells the replacement worm gear shaft and roller ball pieces, with that and a decent sector gear, you should be able to make a good working unit. Bearings are also available. Don't limit yourself to '46, any of the '41-'46 boxes will work, from 1/2 ton up to 5 ton, the COE is different. The shaft length is different on the bigger trucks, but sectioning the shaft is easy enough. The gear boxes are all the same size. "41 is the same design but the internals will not swap due to the roller ball diameter. "42 - '46 are the same. I have a '41 gear box with the shaft cut and a '37 top section welded on. This gives me a better designed, easier steering box with the look and fit of a stock '37. I used a worm shaft from a 5 ton truck with low mileage. Don't worry about welding on the shafts, any decent welder can make a strong joint. The worm gears are pressed and brazed to the shafts from the factory, so it's two piece from the get go.

Re: ’46 Steering box alternate?
ccanepa50 #1377135 Tue Sep 15 2020 02:17 PM
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LARES 8015 Remanufactured (part number listed on - not available)
Manual Gear; 1/2-2T; Exc C O E

LARES is the biggest steering gear rebuilder.
But, they might need a "core" unit to rebuild.

Many companies list this unit, but they do not have it in stock.

Post a Part Wanted ad here - as VEW posted, a member/reader might have one laying around.

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Re: ’46 Steering box alternate?
ccanepa50 #1377139 Tue Sep 15 2020 02:35 PM
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Thanks guys,
i’ll like be having a in depth discussion with the rebuild shop today, they had got past the steering shaft and worm gear so i suspect the sector shaft is worn, but i will find out.
The truck (Hank) is a fine looker & runner otherwise, safe/sound steering is my goal .

Update:Long chat w the shop, they received a bearing & race they needed, said this is all they needed to get it like new, we’ll see how that goes...

Last edited by ccanepa50; Thu Sep 17 2020 08:57 PM.

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