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Hamchuck
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From: Killeen, TX 76542
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 12-09-2001 09:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hamchuck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm converting my worn-out power steering system in my '68 J-code to manual. I'm using my old Pittman arm, which connected to the ballstud on the control valve. The manual centerlink doesn't have one. So is there a bolt that attaches the arm to the link, or do I need to get another arm? The 64 1/2-'73 Restoration Guide shows the same part numbers for the arm for both manual and power setups. However, the illustration of a manual system clearly shows the arm with some sort of stud installed in it (p.280). If anybody's got some insight or can take a look at their own manual Pittman arm I'd love to hear from you. Thanks.

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pthornton
Gearhead

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From: Austin, TX USA
Registered: Jun 99

posted 12-10-2001 12:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pthornton   Click Here to Email pthornton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can use a manual steering adapter which replaces the control valve and connects to your power steering pitman arm. I used it on my boss. Pretty straight forward installation.

manual steering adapter

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Rory McNeil
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From: Surrey, B.C. Canada
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 12-10-2001 03:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, the manual steering pitman arm does have a ball stud built into it.

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Hamchuck
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From: Killeen, TX 76542
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 12-10-2001 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hamchuck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ordered a new pittman arm from CJ Pony parts today. I probably would have gone with the adapter if I hadn't already bought the manual drag link. I guess I'll add my old arm to my swap meet pile. Thanks for the tips, guys.

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Hamchuck
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From: Killeen, TX 76542
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 12-10-2001 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hamchuck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By the way, pthornton, beautiful Boss you've got there. I'd almost sell my soul for one, especially a '69. Well, someday.

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69maverick
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From: Thomaston,CT.
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 12-11-2001 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69maverick   Click Here to Email 69maverick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice BOSS And great car show pics!!

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Jim B. 70 Maverick Grabber clone 302,c4 auto
Weld drag lites,Holley 600,performer intake,comp cam,MSD ignition,2.5 " pipes Still needs paint!!

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