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    Well all the machining is finally done on the steering gear ! It has only taken 5 months ! Now all that time was not spent on my gear alone, but a lot of the research was. I had this idea about using a standard Deuce steering gear in a power steering system. That way there is no special drilling of the frame, or trying to find a Ross steering gear no longer made, or worrying about clearance issues with over-size tires.
    The system is not ready yet, but hopefully this summer it will be.
    Here is a "sneak" peek of some of the machining done.

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    Those are "Torrington" bearings installed for the sector shaft to ride on. There is
    "Zero" clearance on the shaft ! It took a lot of time to find the right bearings and how to machine it to get there. Once I am done rebuilding it, there will be "Zero" play in the steering gear ! Since the steering gear is a slow turning unit there is no heat build-up to worry about. This unit will be just as good or better then any modern steering gear out there, and a whole lot stronger then stock.

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    Well you certainly have my interest. Any hints as to power type for the power steering part? I have been following your prep work for the Alaska Adventure. It has inspired me to double down on my truck.
    M275 A2, 1968 wo/w, Kaiser Jeep, White Engine, Whistler
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    Looks great. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommys2patrick View Post
    Well you certainly have my interest. Any hints as to power type for the power steering part? I have been following your prep work for the Alaska Adventure. It has inspired me to double down on my truck.
    I have so much to accomplish this summer to be able to make the trip in 2019. Finish this steering project, perform a complete brake job, replace the "trunnion" grease seals (got damaged) , rebuild the transmission, replace the alternator with a 33Si 100 amp unit, finish painting the bed, and just drive the truck to get all the kinks out.
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    Rusty Stud, any progress on this project? While my Deuce is still in California I can't do anything but "dream and scheme". I have favored the Ross HF-54 and have collected a pump from a 5 ton and a reservoir that is probably too big but have not got a steering box yet. When I saw this thread I was really intrigued. Using the original box avoids horn button wire issues, steering shaft mods that require welding (which if done properly is a minor concern) and removing additional metal from the upper frame flange at the steering box. I will be running 11R-22.5 wheels and tires so there will be minor differences in stress on the steering components. I do understand being too busy and dreaming like a guy in his 20's and using a 66 year old body to make the dreams happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emeralcove View Post
    Rusty Stud, any progress on this project? While my Deuce is still in California I can't do anything but "dream and scheme". I have favored the Ross HF-54 and have collected a pump from a 5 ton and a reservoir that is probably too big but have not got a steering box yet. When I saw this thread I was really intrigued. Using the original box avoids horn button wire issues, steering shaft mods that require welding (which if done properly is a minor concern) and removing additional metal from the upper frame flange at the steering box. I will be running 11R-22.5 wheels and tires so there will be minor differences in stress on the steering components. I do understand being too busy and dreaming like a guy in his 20's and using a 66 year old body to make the dreams happen.
    I have all the parts to make my system work, but I didn't get my shop built this year. So I need to wait until this spring or summer before I can tear apart the front end to do all the mods. When I was younger I could work out in the rain and cold and it didn't bother me much. Now it just makes me ache all over !

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    That's right, you have mentioned your headaches with the building permit process in some of your other posts. I need to put together a waste oil fired space heater for my shop so I can get more done in the winter as well. I look forward to following this project and hopefully use the ideas to add power steering to my truck. Good luck on the permit process.

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