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Rag joint question

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Category: The Garage
Forum Name: Suspension, Steering, Brakes & Wheels
Forum Description: What makes it stop, turn, and smooths the ride
URL: http://theamcforum.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=99509
Printed Date: Aug/21/2019 at 1:43pm


Topic: Rag joint question
Posted By: george w
Subject: Rag joint question
Date Posted: Apr/13/2019 at 4:41pm
I've just got around to installing my rebuilt Saginaw power steering box in my 67 Ambassador. The rag joint came off the temporary steering box rather easily but I've found that to reinstall it back on the rebuilt box that it's tight and I have to tap it down on the input shaft. The clamp bolt is out of it. Is this normal or should it just slip right down on the splines ?

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Long time AMC fan. Ambassador 343, AMX 390, Hornet 360, Spirit 304 and Javelin 390. All but javelin bought new.



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Posted By: 304-dude
Date Posted: Apr/13/2019 at 4:51pm
Wasnt there two different shafts between 6cyl and v8, or between change over years?

The rag joint coupling may be spread out more with prying between the open ends, but may have alignment issues with bolt fit.

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71 Javelin SST body
390 69 crank, 70 block & heads
NASCAR SB2 rods & pistons
78 Jeep TH400 w/ 2.76 Low
50/50 Ford-AMC Suspension
79 F150 rear & 8.8 axles
Ford Racing 3.25 gears & 9" /w Detroit locker


Posted By: Phitown Hustler
Date Posted: Apr/15/2019 at 7:03pm
Yes it is a tight fit. BTW...make sure your steering wheel is in the right position on the column side coupler you will take it back apart. Ask me how I know


Posted By: george w
Date Posted: Apr/15/2019 at 8:35pm
Got it back together, oriented correctly. Thanks for the tip though. I see that the two 180 degree apart attaching bolts are two different diameters.

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Long time AMC fan. Ambassador 343, AMX 390, Hornet 360, Spirit 304 and Javelin 390. All but javelin bought new.



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