This was a job made much more difficult than it should’ve been by online vendors. I should note that both vendors (NPD and Speedway) are pretty week regarded, for the most part. First, NPD sent the dirty and missing hardware restocked pitman arm. They basically told me to pound sand when I complained.
Next up, Speedway sent me a steering box that had also been restocked. Not only was it a restock, it was flat out the wrong one. Someone repackaged the incorrect steering box in the correct box for my year car. I received one with a 1” sector shaft, when I should’ve received one with a 1 1/8” sector shaft. Ugh. Thus, I had to have another one sent to me, and send the original order back. The new one I received was the correct one, but it had also had been a return, judging by “Steph’s Steering Box” written in sharpie on the side of the packaging. What does it take to actually receive a NEW item from an online vendor??
Fast forward to this morning, and finally with all of the right parts at my disposal (as well as a 1 5/16” socket needed for the pitman arm nut), I finally got what was supposed to be a fairly straightforward project complete!
The end result is that I now have a Mustang that steers as it should, with no slop in the wheel. My son and I took it out this afternoon for its longest voyage yet. It still needs plenty of work, but now I can mark the steering system and braking system as finished. Previously, I had already replaced the idler arm, tie rod ends, etc, so everything from the steering box to the wheels is new. Brakes are new from the master cylinder to the wheels. I guess steering isn’t complete, as I do need to replace the 13” steering wheel with an OEM style 15”.
Happy Saturday, folks! It’s a wonderful 84 degree day here right now, so time to enjoy the rest of the afternoon outside.