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Post by zucchi Tue Jan 17, 2023 11:32 am

76Chevelle2Tone wrote:I see Lares steering gear at several sites for the G3s. Was wondering about the quality or lack thereof…
I encourage you to rebuild your current unit. It's far less expensive and you know it fits your car perfectly. I had it done by a company called Power Brake Exchange here in California. My Cadillac was $120.75, Monte Carlo was $135.75. They had done by the next day.
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Post by 76Chevelle2Tone Tue Jan 17, 2023 1:04 pm

zucchi wrote:
76Chevelle2Tone wrote:I see Lares steering gear at several sites for the G3s. Was wondering about the quality or lack thereof…
I encourage you to rebuild your current unit. It's far less expensive and you know it fits your car perfectly. I had it done by a company called Power Brake Exchange here in California. My Cadillac was $120.75, Monte Carlo was $135.75. They had done by the next day.

Thanks for your reply zucchi. I don't have a current problem but it is around 50 years old. That is encouraging that it is easily repaired. I do have the several bearings for the shaft in my storeroom but not the internals of the column. All the best with your fine cars.
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Post by fasrnur Wed Jan 18, 2023 12:49 am

The Saginaw #800 box was used on a ton of different cars. A LOT!
I used a box from a 92-98 Grand Cherokee and a Dorman 31011 rah joint. I now have a much firmer and quicker steering. When I did the swap, I bought a kit that converts the o-ring/bubble flare to an inverted flare. Very easy to convert the lines. Of course you'll need to use the pitman arm from your stock box. I've got just about $100 in box, hose fitting kit, and box included.
Why stop with just the box swap? I also added a cooler for the steering pump, and a flow restriction kit in the pump.
It may not look like much right now, but it has a bunch of stuff done to the underside. I drive the wheels off of it during the summer too.
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Post by 76Chevelle2Tone Wed Jan 18, 2023 1:27 am

This is reassuring re: the gearbox as it seems that this is not a major problem whether one chooses a rebuild or use a swap-in. One less thing to worry about.
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Post by g3chevy / Mr Pontiac Wed Jan 18, 2023 11:08 am

Nice upgrade Fasrnur! This mod really makes these cars feel more modern for sure!
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Post by impalamonte Wed Jan 18, 2023 12:27 pm

Hi G3'ers,

Let me lend some experience as well.

https://www.g3gm.com/t8709-update-1973-monte-carlo-body-off-frame-resto-now-with-ls

In my thread....PAGE 4.

Mark
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Post by zucchi Wed Jan 18, 2023 12:43 pm

impalamonte wrote:Hi G3'ers,

 Let me lend some experience as well.

  https://www.g3gm.com/t8709-update-1973-monte-carlo-body-off-frame-resto-now-with-ls

  In my thread....PAGE 4.

Mark
I hope I'm not stepping on toes by putting a direct link to the relevant post…
Re: Update :1973 Monte Carlo Body off frame resto. Now with LS!

By the way, my steering gear box was always a quick ratio, ~2.75 turns, and when it was rebuilt, like Mark said, it drove like a different car, tight and responsive.
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Post by g3chevy / Mr Pontiac Wed Jan 18, 2023 2:14 pm

impalamonte wrote:Hi G3'ers,

 Let me lend some experience as well.

  https://www.g3gm.com/t8709-update-1973-monte-carlo-body-off-frame-resto-now-with-ls

  In my thread....PAGE 4.

Mark

Mark, finally installed my CPP steering box on my 87 El Camino a couple months back, and as you mentioned in your build thread, it made a huge improvement over the factory box.
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Post by impalamonte Wed Jan 18, 2023 2:34 pm

Hi Zucchi,
Just for clarity.....mine was not a rebuilt unit. It was a brand new production box from Borgeson.



Mr Pontiac ,

The absolute one thing amongst all the other parts I have added......that I could feel where my money went!!! And for the better!! I am still happy to this day though I had done that job a couple years ago.
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