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63BlueMGB
Nick B
Kansas City, Mo.
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01/16/2011 05:17PM

Main British Car:
1963 MGB

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Steering Rack question
Posted by: 63BlueMGB
Date: July 22, 2014 07:45PM

Hello all!

I recently rebuilt my steering shaft, it is a 1963 MGB Steering rack, However when I rebuilt it I put everything back together as it was when I disassembled it. But now with a rebuilt rack and new tie rods, the left hand wheel points out when the right one is straight. What could I have done to cause this? Or is this just normal after replace the tie rods.....Pictures to follow to give you an idea. Any help is always appreciated
Steering Coulumn rebuild.jpg
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BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Steering Rack question
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: July 22, 2014 07:51PM

Make sure all your old and new parts were the same length?

Jim


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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10/25/2007 11:17AM

Main British Car:
1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: Steering Rack question
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: July 22, 2014 08:07PM

Is it as simple as adjusting the tie rods (as would be done to set toe)


63BlueMGB
Nick B
Kansas City, Mo.
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1963 MGB

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Re: Steering Rack question
Posted by: 63BlueMGB
Date: July 22, 2014 08:39PM

All parts are the same except for the tie-rods, However I could not say if tie rods were the same length, I just assumed they were and threaded them on the same number of turns I threaded then off with. I could probably adjust tie rods to make it work, but if I did both rods would be adjusted all the way in, and that just doesnt seem right. I was thinging I did not set my steeering column correctly to align with the teeth of the steering rack but that doest seem right either? still looking for answers


billymgb1000
bill gaulin
harrisville R.I.
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11/30/2012 12:31AM

Main British Car:
1974 MGB V8 LS1 5.3

Re: Steering Rack question
Posted by: billymgb1000
Date: July 23, 2014 06:17PM

nick all that is adjusting the toe , I will bet that tie rod was made a little bit different. the rack did not grow on that side so just adjust it and i'll bet you will be ok


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Steering Rack question
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: July 26, 2014 11:39PM

Some replacement tie rods ends are longer than the original, hence Jim's suggestion to compare new & old parts. On the MG T-Series, sometimes the rod must actually be cut shorter.


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