Thursday, November 24, 2016

Steer For The Deep Waters Only

That's Walt Whitman I'm quoting. I've always liked his writing.

"Sail forth, and steer for the deep waters only. Reckless O soul, exploring. I with thee and thou with me. For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared go. And we will risk the ship, ourselves, and all."

Anyhow, on the subject of steering... Time to put the steering rack back together. All the parts are now clean and painted.

First up, the rack...

Followed by the pinion.


Next, the felt seal and the cover. The steering shaft holds the cover in place.


That's the hard part.

Now, time for the tie rods. Note my clever marking of the tie rod on the passenger's side. It's probably not necessary, but I might as well put it back where it came from.


That little chisel made securing the lock washers as easy as it was to remove them.

Now, let's put our boots on..


Adding the tie rod ends means we're all done. I counted 20 threads in the picture I took before disassembly, so I think the alignment will be close enough to get started.

Now it's time to put it on the shelf. I'm actually out of shelf space. Good thing I'm just about out of parts to clean.

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