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Old 05-14-2013, 04:48 PM   #461
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Years ago i went to drive pawpaw's ole farm truck, and it had 10 and 2 steering also...I was like crap dotted line to solid line, and repeat.

Turns out he had the mechanic loosen up the steering box so when he drove it........ his "nervous" tick didn't make him leave the road truck is still like that 10 years later
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:28 PM   #462
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Years ago i went to drive pawpaw's ole farm truck, and it had 10 and 2 steering also...I was like crap dotted line to solid line, and repeat.

Turns out he had the mechanic loosen up the steering box so when he drove it........ his "nervous" tick didn't make him leave the road truck is still like that 10 years later
That is an unusual story. Fortunately, I do not have a nervous tick. I do, however, get tics that crawl on me from my dogs.
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We have had several mechanics say that sloppy steering can be tightened up. All my Dad's trucks drove like that. Never have figured out how he did that. Only the 8N didn't. I did discover that there was a rhythm to driving his trucks.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:01 PM   #464
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We have had several mechanics say that sloppy steering can be tightened up. All my Dad's trucks drove like that. Never have figured out how he did that. Only the 8N didn't. I did discover that there was a rhythm to driving his trucks.
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We have had several mechanics say that sloppy steering can be tightened up. All my Dad's trucks drove like that. Never have figured out how he did that. Only the 8N didn't. I did discover that there was a rhythm to driving his trucks.
When I can afford $65 an hour just for somebody to look at it, I will take it somewhere.

For now, I will just park it and live in it.
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At that price.......park it .......and enjoy it
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.yeck a few more white knuckles; you be "there" followed with a glass of whatever and quick "snip" a lite. And an hour later you can lean back...............smile.......then smirk......and relax...cheers
I would so....so......celebrate your journeys end at the next "base camp"
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:09 PM   #467
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I've experienced a couple vehicles with similar driving characteristics. I had a motorhome once that was almost that bad. I hated driving it. What you experienced could be caused by a combination of things including the bell crank, drag link, tie rod ends, or steering gear. My experience has been the steering gear is the most likely culprit. On my last motorhome, I had to adjust my steering gear and change the bell crank. It only had 60,000 miles on it. Made a world of difference though.

On my current bus, I drove it home and realized that it also had more play in the steering than I like, so I had everything checked. Nothing had any play but the steering gear. So, I had it changed. I think it cost me around $1,000. Unfortunately, this is usually the most expensive part of any I mentioned. But, the new gear made my bus drive like a new one. It was time, as my bus has over 600,000 miles on it. Now its one of the best driving buses I've ever driven. Having the parts checked at a truck alignment shop usually isn't very expensive ----- probably an hours worth of time. At least it will tell you what needs to be replaced so you can get an idea of the cost.
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I'd give a shot at just tightening up the steering box. Look on the box -there will be threaded stud-with a nut on it. Might be a screwdriver slot or use an allen wrench. Losen the nut + turn in the stud. Have someone turn the wheel back+ forth in the "slop zone" while you turn in the stud. You should almost be able to adjust it by fingers. You don't want to crank it in hard.
See if that helps. Free + fairly easy.
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I'd give a shot at just tightening up the steering box. Look on the box -there will be threaded stud-with a nut on it. Might be a screwdriver slot or use an allen wrench. Losen the nut + turn in the stud. Have someone turn the wheel back+ forth in the "slop zone" while you turn in the stud. You should almost be able to adjust it by fingers. You don't want to crank it in hard.
See if that helps. Free + fairly easy.
Those types of steering boxes I have adjusted before. There is a jam nut and a threaded stud, that when tightened, will mesh the gears closer. I have done that fix on a few cars way back when.

I wish mine was that easy.

Mine is called a Ross cam and lever system.



Apparently, when the knobs on the cams get worn, there is not much you can do.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:53 AM   #470
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When reading your build page I was really taken by the steering system in your bus, I have never taken one of those apart. Since then I have spent quite a bit of time looking at the way it works and what it was designed for. It seems like a pretty good system, for what it is, and looks like it is still in limited use today. What struck me is it's simplicity and the singular point of failure. If you have a buddy that can move the steering wheel while you look under bus for movement you should be able to isolate the issue. After everything I have read on these, I am guessing it is just wearing down those pins. If it were me in your situation, I would park it in my new home base and slide under that thing as soon as it cools down. Look at the markings on it and see if you can locate a replacement or parts list for it. A new replacement would be best, second best would be a parts list and someone willing to crack it. From looking at many diagrams and reading other forums it seems pretty common that the pins wear out. I would venture a guess that the bearings are probably wearing and creating their own slop, but again a parts list would show you these. I would say replace seals, bearings, and pins if you can get them. Good Luck brother!!!

My first approach would be to replace that cam and lever steering box. If that would fix it, I would be getting away cheap. If that did not fix it, Then i would have to check tie rod ends, ball joints, and drag link.

Regardless, It will be some time before I can address this situation since I have to pay back the money that I borrowed to make this move back to Tennessee.
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