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If there's an Achilles heel to this truck, it's the stock steering rack. We don't know what GM was thinking on this one, but half of the rack's housing is steel and the other half is aluminum. Even worse, there's an unreliable rivet holding the whole works together. Rex welded a support tab to each end, and then tied the tabs onto a common mounting plate. He also built a gusset to reinforce the input shaft area. These are slick fixes that help, but the ultimate solution is to mount a Howe power rack and pinion unit in place of the stock stuff. The Howe rack is in the works, but wasn't yet reality when we met Rex and his Chevy.