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CHOPPED 1972 CHEVELLE ! 4 INCH VERTICAL DROPPED TOP!
Since I am putting a newer LSX engine in the Chevelle, I will be using the newer power steering pump and therefore, there is no need to convert the steering pump lines from metric to standard. I will use a steering box that already has metric connectors so factory lines will hook right up. I wanted to take advantage of the quick steer boxes for an improvement over the original box. I found that the following Jeep Grand Cherokee (JGC) work straight as is.
1992-98 Grand Cherokee Fast Ratio Power Steering Gears
It is real hard to make it out, but it is there circled in red.
I found information in a post: I run the truck power steering pump also with the Jeep Grand Cherokee (JGC) steering box,
I searched quite a bit and found the hoses that fit the nicest for me and they are master power pressure hose 71796 and return hose is master power 80194 trimmed to fit,
I drive my LSX Chevelle all the time without any issues with this setup. I have not gotten to this point yet.
Rag joint: Dorman 31011 Ύ 17 spline. 32 lb/ft for the rag joint bolt to the steering box splined shaft.
If you dont do this the fluid will spit-up out of the ports when you turn the pitman arm.
I put new bolts through the frame (7/16 x 4.5 long) reused good original thick washers, tighten 64 lb-ft.
I Re-used the Chevelle pitman arm, wire-brushed it, degreased and painted, tighten nut to 180lbs/ft.
1970 tie rod assemblies have 5/8 threaded parts, in 1971 and 1972 they made them bigger 11/16 threads, be sure to match up all of your tie-rods and sleeves to the same larger 11/16 size.
I used aluminum tie-rod sleeves, these have left handed threads on one side and right handed threads on the other so that as you turn it, the distance between the tie-rod ends
move out or in. You can actually buy these from McMaster.com. Made out of 7075 high strength aluminum that is stronger than steel. Tie rods assembled are about 17-3/4
on a perfectly aligned front end.
I only use Moog suspension parts because I have had failures with other brands. The following are all Moog numbers:
Center link DS749
Idler Arm K5143
Inner tie-rods ES406L
Outer tie-rods ES406R
It is important to use the inners on the inside and the outers on the outside due to the location of the grease fittings.
I bought a pack of these grease fitting covers to keep the tips clean for clean re-lubing them in the future.
I am leaving the front sway bar and front shocks off right now because I am not sure what the final ride height will be and most likely I will have to remove the springs. Leaving the sway bar and shocks out just save me from removing them. I will be using a 1.25 sway bar with poly bushing mounts. Thats all for the front for now.