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Old 08-17-2015, 07:57 PM   #1131
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Steering box/steering column

Hey Tango, here are a few pics of the steering gear and column:


I made up 3 plates. I sandwiched the 1/4" plates on the web of the frame and spaced the 1/2" plate with 1/4" wall hydraulic pipe and 1/2" grade 8 bolts. I drilled and tapped the 1/2" plate to match the gear which allowed me to lower the gear below the height of the frame.

I boxed the flanges of the frame with 1/4" plate with the inner plate secured with 1/4x20 bolts screwed into taped holes so I'd be able to remove the plate should it become necessary.

By reversing the steering column channel I was able to get a direct shot at the steering box and only needed a U joint at either end. This also made for more toe room which was a problem on my bus as well. You have to nibble here and there a bit but it is easy to figure out as you go.




EDIT: Spacing the 1/2" plate was done to clear the spring hanger and to give a more linear push pull on the pitman arm. It looks to me like spacing might be necessary on yours as well. Happily, I have not detected any lateral movement of the drop bracket or flexing of the boxed frame. Jack
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:11 AM   #1132
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Many thanks Jack! --- That is one serious mounting plate system. Mine will have to snug up solidly against the frame in order to clear fenders and such but will likely wind up close to where yours is located. Still not sure what you flipped on the steering column to get extra toe space though.
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:40 AM   #1133
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Hyt Tango, stand your Isuzu steering column as if it were installed in the NPR and then compare what you see in the pic. It will make sense then. Jack
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Old 08-19-2015, 06:14 PM   #1134
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Thanks again Jack. But it looks now like I'll be cutting away most of the stock bracket.

Meanwhile...I can never figure out Cummins parts pricing. There are a lot of critical, complex parts that are very reasonably priced. Then there are the "others".

Had to replace the three inch long throttle lever as my original was broken off. Granted, it is probably way more complicated than it needs to be and I probably could have fabbed something for .89 cents in scrap...but...I wanted it to be right so I ordered one and didn't bother to ask..."how much".

Well, now I know. $119.51. Plus tax. And I thought the world had already used up all the Unobtanium.

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Old 08-19-2015, 06:28 PM   #1135
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Would this work? Cummins Injection Pump Throttle Lever Part 3048296 | eBay
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:10 PM   #1136
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The throttle & injection pump appear slightly different, but I sure like the Ebay price better.
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:56 AM   #1137
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Tango, looking good, any progress is better than letting her sit all summer like I have...I will be complaining about cold weather and working on bus shortly
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:02 PM   #1138
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Don't envy you the cold weather Bansil. My old bones can handle 110+ all day long. But come anything below about 50 and everything wants to lock up. Still waiting on three major pieces of metalwork before I can get anything of consequence accomplished, so "piddling" is what I've been limited to for the last 2+ months.

Except for the fact that it is Kalifornia...I would suggest we all go work at Jack's (Ol' Trunt) house where the weather is a bit more pleasant most of the time.
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You reckon we can have him move back into our country

We can then have wrenching parties and BBQ and pool parties (Jack you need to build us a pool at the shop )
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:33 PM   #1140
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I'm way ahead of you bansil---all we have to do is back the bus out and fill the pool. Its only 8" deep so no diving! Jack

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