<VV> Steering Question

Frank DuVal corvairduval at cox.net
Sat Nov 3 11:21:41 EST 2007

A slight wear in each part will add to noticeable play in the steering 
wheel compared to new cars with nothing wrong. A few thousandths here 
and there and soon we are talking sixteenths.

You have many parts compared to new rack and pinion systems:

two outer tie rods, two inner tie rods, pitman arm bushing, two bushings 
on idler arm, several bushings inside steering box, wierd coupling on 
late 65 and newer columns, and the gear clearance inside the steering box.

I recommend rebuilding the steering box. Easy winter project with 
usually improved steering.

Frank DuVal

Russ Moorhouse wrote:

> When I drive my 65 Corsa, there seems to be some play in the steering, 
> however when it's parked and I turn the wheel you can see the wheels 
> start to turn almost immediately.  There's less than an inch of play 
> in the steering wheel sitting still, but it feels more like 2 to 3 
> inch of play when driving.
> I have 185x13 radials on it, but if feels more like I have bias 
> tires.  I'm running a 10 lb difference between front and back and have 
> varied the pressure but that hasn't made any difference.  I've had the 
> whole car gone over by a local mechanic, who is also an ex Corvair 
> mechanic, and nothing could be found wrong with any of the steering or 
> suspension.
> Is this bit of play or as I refer to it as a "dead spot" normal in old 
> cars? It's been ages since I drove anything but new cars and it's too 
> long ago to remember how old cars drove.
> Russ Moorhouse
> '65 Corsa coupe 140 HP
> Group Corvair Member
> Corsa Member
> Kent Island, MD
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