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  • Franz
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    Yeah, I think so. That was a Brazilian steering box.

    BBWB
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    I’d like to see one of the rack and pinion kits from the UK installed. I hear it’s the “Cats meow”.

    I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.

    Baja Mark
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    I’d like to see one of the rack and pinion kits from the UK installed. I hear it’s the “Cats meow”.

    Ben, I’ve fitted a few for customers in the past and I’m not a fan; they have ZERO play, which equals constant correction going down the road. Very stiff too.

    BBWB
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    ^^^Good to know. Although, I thought most racks have an adjustment to dial in the pinion and rack gear mesh. I was made aware of this from my dad years ago. I had a used Ford Aerostar van that had a new rack installed right before I bought it. Wandered all over the road, had no center. My dad told me how to adjust the rack. Improved the steering 90 percent. Still had the very soft Ford power steering, but after that, the wife could keep it in her lane. 😉

    I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.

    Baja Mark
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    No adjustment on these kits; they aren’t really a proper rack – they still use the centre pin and tie rods etc. I’ve also driven homebrew rack conversions but they usually alter the amount of lock to lock turns, which is disconcerting when you’re used to driving a stock bus. An original steering box in good order is perfectly adequate and I think a joy to drive.

    Franz
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    I’ve seen those CE kits for years….looks like a lot of extra weight and BS to accomplish the same thing.

    I’ve got no issues with how a stock steering box drives. They are 3 1/2 turns lock to lock.

    For whatever reason the Brazilian steering box is more like 7 turns lock to lock, makes them hard to drive. Especially at speed….which is probably part of the problem Mike was experiencing.

    We need to locate an original box on samba and have it shipped to Wolfgang for rebuild. We are fresh out of good cores here. Do you want to  handle that Mike?

    mdubg
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    Franz, that would be great.  I can get online and find shit with the best of them.  My concern is I’d find shit and not something useable.

    In case you were wondering, I don’t have, nor care about the column lock that has a hole on my old one.  I think that is some kind of Sao Paulo theft deterrent and doesn’t seem like it would be effective what so ever.

    Franz
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    Cool, Maybe I can get wolfgang to just sell us the core and rebuild together. I’ll  let you know.

    And I agree on the column lock.

    Bodgoco
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    If it helps you out I have a spare on a nose clip I bought years ago. Bus is going to be awesome!

    Franz
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    Hell yeah. Worth $100 to you?

    Franz
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    Got the call yesterday. The engine and transaxle are done at Painter’s. Woohoo!

    mdubg
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    Hells yeah!  Can’t wait to see pix.

    Pat K
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    Exhaust made it. Correct hookups arrived also.33730078-A531-47F4-85A6-66E4438449D3E528E88B-D128-43C7-9598-456B85E073079A701358-1691-4E85-BC2C-B0FBEA441B0E

    We will build it if it comes.

    mdubg
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    That exhaust sure looks nice from the pictures.  I hope it works and sounds as good as it looks.

    Franz
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    The blast master at it again.

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    John Jones
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    Mike!!!!  How did your thread get buried back on page two!!!!!!  😎

    Franz called Painters and paid for your new long block and rebuilt trans center section Friday…  We’ll  have Kangaroo get it over here in the next day or two…  I need to get these Parkway Projects outta your way and get your truck back in the dirty shop!!!!!!!!

    mdubg
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    I know.  I got bumped.  There were still lots of cool updates on the dozen other things going on.  Your team stays busy!

    John Jones
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    Guys have been kicking ass on shit for sure!!!!! But it’s time for that DC to roll back into the nice and always warm DIRTY SHOP! 😎  😎

    Franz
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    The engine is here. We got the old case back too…Its still good for a stock build.

     

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    Pat K
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    So freah and so clean!!!! Heading back to into the dirty shop. F40046F3-AB55-420E-988C-99FE8EECC7EF37A9EEC9-226D-47E1-A2B0-C92DDD5EEEA7

    We will build it if it comes.

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