Willy's "TooLoose" half ton 4x4 Chevy Pickup......

Getting it back on the road, (Page 4):

UPDATE #1: Pulled the stock Edelbrock RPM Performer heads off of the Olds 455 motor that was in this truck, and will put them on my Olds 425 blower motor for the '55 Chevy Gasser, "Patches"....

And have put the ported Edelbrock RPM Performer heads that were on the blower motor on the truck's 455....

Those intake gaskets were under the blower manifold and held up well, so am reusing them, they look to be in great shape....

I like these Comp Cams roller rockers, have used them a lot, 1.6 ratio on this motor....

A close-up of the ported intakes, not extreme, just smoothed out a bit, matched to the intake manifold, and opened up a little inside where it counts.....

Add the intake and we're almost ready to put it back in the truck....

Valve Covers, now I can put it back in the truck.....



Cross Steering Conversion, (Original Post for Page 4):

The steering arm I made is too long! The stops on the steering knuckles on the axle do not come close to where they were with the old steering system. I'm going to shorten the steering arm to give it more angle on full turns by drilling another hole closer to the knuckle ball joints to reduce the steering radius at the ball joint, giving me a full stop to stop turn without bottoming out the steering gear box.

Tried the existing setup with the drag link ball joint pulled out of the steering arm, on full left turns the steering knuckle is as shown, and the drag link is short as shown with the steering wheel is at full left turn. Below that is shown the right full turn on the steering knuckles, as you can see, it's equally short as expected:

So need to find a spot closer to the steering center that will give me full turns with the steering box just short of "bottoming out" at each end of it's steering range. I do not want the steering box hitting it's "end points", I want the steering knuckles at the axle hitting those points just before the steering box reaches it's "end points"....

Kept trying different points, finally settled on a point that exactly matched both requirements, full turn at the axles, and full turn on the steering wheel. Then moved that point in toward the knuckle ball joint a very slight amount and checked it, the line is the radius line from the center of the ball joint....

Then checked it at both extremes....

On a full right turn it was right on the marked spot....

On a full left turn the steering box can pull a little more after the knuckle has hit it's stop, so with a final "fine tune" adjustment, the steering box will not "bottom out" on either side when the steering knuckles have hit the stops....

Checked it in the straight ahead position, it all looks good to go....

Now I just have to drill it and cut the 7 degree taper for the ball joint....

All Done.....

More Later......

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