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M-170 Steered Straight (Pt III)

Posted in News on October 5, 2012
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Contributors: Jp Tech Editor

 If I were just putting a manual Saginaw box on this thing I'd be done by now, but I'm forging ahead with the rebuild of the stock Ross Cam & Lever steering setup on my '54 M-170.  Yesterday I got a bit of time to disassemble the steering gear box and inspect for damage. As expected, the pins on the sector shaft are pretty worn down and the cam gear is kinda hammered. I can press out the pins and rotate them to make them serviceable again, but the worm gear is a bit beyond what I'd want to use. I have a buddy who converted his M38A1 to a manual Saginaw box, so I may go buy his steering gear box next week and see if I can make one good box out of the two. The M38A1 parts are pretty beefy by civilian (and earlier military jeep) standards, so even though my '71 CJ-6 has a really tight civvy steering Ross Cam & Lever steering setup that I won't be using, I really wanna use the Korean War-era box and components on my ambulance if possible.

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