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Old 10-12-2017, 03:01 PM   #1
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My 31 Victoria has binding in the steering. I've adjusted the sector, now I've noticed the drag link is rubbing on the tie rod! I've read where if there's a 1/4 inch space between the bottom shackle and the top of the axle then the spring is good. I have a good 1/4 inch space there. Should the shackles be replaced? Would that keep the the two from rubbing? Thanks, Fred
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Old 10-12-2017, 03:29 PM   #2
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I'm guessing but you may have an incorrect pittman arm attached to the steering gear box. Compare what you have with another Model A. You may have a 32-34 part. I don't think spring shackle wear would be enough to cause this interference. Ed
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Could be a weak spring, broken leaves, bent frame, bent steering balls as well.
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:23 PM   #4
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Could be a weak spring, broken leaves, bent frame, bent steering balls as well.
I had all of those when I first got my model A. The wishbone was bent, the tie rod bent, etc. The funny thing was that when the axle, frame, wishbone everything was corrected i noticed that the replacement rebuilt steering arms I ordered had one bent on the passenger side. The vendor made it right and I got a good one and my car drives nicely and does not wander, have excessive play, or a death wobble.
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:55 PM   #5
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I'm guessing but you may have an incorrect pittman arm attached to the steering gear box. Compare what you have with another Model A. You may have a 32-34 part. I don't think spring shackle wear would be enough to cause this interference. Ed
The later pitman arms are splined not square.

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Old 10-12-2017, 08:03 PM   #6
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Front spring is flat
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Old 10-12-2017, 08:24 PM   #7
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Agree I would say spring needs replacing
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My 31 Victoria has binding in the steering. I've adjusted the sector, now I've noticed the drag link is rubbing on the tie rod! I've read where if there's a 1/4 inch space between the bottom shackle and the top of the axle then the spring is good. I have a good 1/4 inch space there. Should the shackles be replaced? Would that keep the the two from rubbing? Thanks, Fred
post a side and front picture of your car on level ground and we can probably tell if the car is sitting right.
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:34 PM   #9
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Broken vertical center bolt in the front spring. Had one..
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