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Loose steering on 46 Dodge 1/2 ton truck


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chris4878
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chris.fischer@kingwoodcable.net

Feb 15, 2009, 4:58 PM

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Loose steering on 46 Dodge 1/2 ton truck Sign In

The pittman arm connects to a bar that runs forward to the rest of the steering linkage (don't know what that bar is called). That connection is real loose. Anyone know where I can get the pittman arm and that bar it connects to? Or can they be rebuilt?
Thanks
Chris in Houston


Loren Champlain Sr
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Feb 15, 2009, 5:33 PM

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Re: Loose steering on 46 Dodge 1/2 ton truck Sign In

Okay, you are really stressing my memory, here.Smile Drag link, I think. Check with NAPA. I'm amazed at what they can still get.
Loren
SW Washington


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Feb 16, 2009, 9:06 AM

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Re: Loose steering on 46 Dodge 1/2 ton truck Sign In

You are correct! Draglink it is. NAPA ordered a rebuild kit for me....$90 or so.


Loren Champlain Sr
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Feb 16, 2009, 4:00 PM

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Re: Loose steering on 46 Dodge 1/2 ton truck Sign In

Chris; Super! I am absolutely amazed at the old stuff that they can still get. I had a '40 Ford Coupe. They had the wheel cylinders and brake linings in stock at the warehouse. Unbelievable!
Loren
SW Washington


chris007
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Mar 2, 2009, 7:19 PM

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Re: Loose steering on 46 Dodge 1/2 ton truck Sign In

I received the draglink kit: basically 2 cups that fit against eiach side of the ball on the end of the pittman arm, and a spring that applies pressure against the cups to keep the joint snug. Removed old parts and guess what: the old spring was broke. Installed new stuff and steering is much tighter! Now I'm not herding cats as I drive down the road. What a relief!

Now rebuilding carb, then off to brakes....that'll be another learning experience I'm sure.


Loren Champlain Sr
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Mar 3, 2009, 3:03 PM

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Re: Loose steering on 46 Dodge 1/2 ton truck Sign In

Chris; Great news. Glad to hear it worked out so well. I'm sure that NAPA can help you with both the carb and brakes parts, too, if you get into a bind. On the other hand, if it drives straight down the road, that kinda takes the fun out of itUnsure.
Loren
SW Washington






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