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#1 Posted : Wednesday, 12 February 2020 1:57:54 PM(UTC)
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The price of changeover steering boxes OhMyGod (manual steering HJ) makes me want to rebuild one of the boxes I have on hand. But I can't find a source for a new or reco wormshaft and nut. Does anyone know of a source for these parts or is there a specialist who can recondition the worn parts I have?

I'm also looking for tie rod ends which have a grease nipple on the side of the end and castellated nuts.
I can find ones with the nipple on the side but these have nyloc nuts.
Also ends with castellated nuts but these have the grease nipple in the 'penny' or opposite side to the taper. On this type the nipple is prone to shearing off when it is on the inner end of the rods.
If necessary I can drill the nyloc types to take a castellated nut/split pin but would rather just do a straight changeover.
Anyone know of a source?

TIA.

For info, the tie rods themselves are still available too (for clumsy drivers who bend them regularlyBlushing).
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#2 Posted : Saturday, 9 May 2020 10:19:23 AM(UTC)
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I wasn't able to find a new or reco worm shaft anywhere so just had a secondhand box rebuilt. I never saw the inside and it is a bit 'knobbly' at the centre of its travel but is still better than the old one which I suspect is badly worn.

Also no luck with a castellated tie rod end with the nipple on the side.
So I bought a couple of Protex (or Protec, not sure now) ones and used them. They have the nipple on the side but nyloc nuts.
I drilled a hole in the thread at the same distance as the castellated ones for the split pin. I then made three cuts with an angle grinder across the top of the nyloc nut at 60 degree angles. Grinding through the nylon down to the body of the nut left 6 bits of the metal which holds the nylon to act as castellations, I was worried there wouldn't be enough thread left as the tie rod ends that use nylocs aren't as long in the thread as the castellated ones but there ended up being plenty of room.

Now I can easily grease the inner tie rod ends and there is no chance of the nipples hitting the crossmember or control arm and snapping off as can happen when the nipple is on the back.
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