Quick ratio steering box

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  1. 68 Wildcat

    68 Wildcat Wildcat parts? What Wildcat parts?

    Hi all, My 68 Wildcat suffers from too much steering input and i would like to change up to a quicker ratio steering box. The front end has been redone (stock). Being a full size mid sixties Buick, I'm not expecting it to
    do well in the twisties, but just want better reaction around town. Any suggestions as to what to buy?
    I read the article below, but am more interested in a reman unit.

    https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/mus/2007/09/Quick-ratio-steering-boxes/1508711.html

    Thanks, Gary
     
  2. WQ59B

    WQ59B Well-Known Member

    Have yours rebuilt as a quick-ratio box.
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2018
  3. 68 Wildcat

    68 Wildcat Wildcat parts? What Wildcat parts?

    I will check it out locally (Montreal Que) but I doubt anyone does that up here. Where did you have yours done and do you recall how much? The car went into warehouse storage this week without access, so I was hoping to buy a reman to install in the spring. Is your car more drivable now? major difference?
     
  4. WQ59B

    WQ59B Well-Known Member

    • Power Steering Services did mine, it's 16:1 variable now, was 20:1. Same company, diff address & slightly different name : http://www.powersteering.com/
    • Car slept a long time, only back to working on it basically this year- it's not together so I haven't driven it, no.
    • My price is no longer applicable : it was $220 in 2001. Looks like it's $428 now.
     
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  5. Electra man

    Electra man Older and Slower

    A remanufactured box can be from any year as GM used the same steering box for over 30 years. Be aware that boxes from the 80's and up use metric connector fittings and will need special hoses. I plan on sourcing an older box for my 67 Electra and send that out for a 16:1 ratio conversion. Then when I put it in everything matches and I can reuse the new hoses in it now. - Bill
     
  6. BrunoD

    BrunoD Looking for Fast Eddie

    There's a guy on the board that does that,actually cheaper then those guy's,I cannot remember the guy's name,he's from New Mexico,I think.Just ask the guy's on the board,he's very well known here.Bruno.
     
  7. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

  8. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    I have the faster ratio FULL SIZE steering boxes in stock. 2.5 turns lock-lock. ALL the ones mentioned are for the SMALLER 800 boxes. Mine are for the LARGER/FULL SIZE cars that take an "808" box. 13/16ths. input & 1 1/4" output. They install on the INSIDE of the frame rail from approx. '59-'76. They are a DIRECT BOLT-IN replacement. NO ADAPTERS NEEDED.
    The bigger suppliers charge upwards of $750.00-$850.00, even your unit, + a core deposit of $150.00-$300.00 for a core for a FULL SIZE box. What they DON'T tell you beforehand, after you have shipped your core back, that if you don't return a fast ratio core you lose the deposit $$$$.
    How could you return a fast ratio box if your upgrading??? So now your out $900.00-$1150.00. My cores are $100.00 deposit NO MATTER WHAT!!!! If you won't be doing this for awhile just go to a salvage yard & pick up ANY "808" box for $20.00-$40.00 & use that as a core. I have up to 30 days to return a core or else I lose my deposit $$$$. What YOU MUST REMEMBER this box needs to be rebuilt to the specs. required & resold to someone else. SO NO CORES THAT HAVE BEEN SITTING IN THE MUD FOR 20 YRS. & RUSTED TO DO-DO.
    The boxes I have are $450.00 plus shipping charges & a core deposit of $100.00.
    I have sold dozens of them with NO COMPLAINTS & POSITIVE REVIEWS!!!! One yr. unlimited mileage warranty.


    Tom T.
     
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  9. 68 Wildcat

    68 Wildcat Wildcat parts? What Wildcat parts?

    Thanks guys for all the info and opinions. I'll see what's available closer to home first. If nothing pans out, I will at least have some options!
     
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  10. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    Good luck. You'll be driving yourself crazy with ALL the specs. I've ALREADY done ALL the research to make this as a non painful swap as easy as possible.
     
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  11. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

    I bought a box for my Skylark from Hector (CARHEX) and his prices, workmanship and communication are excellent.

    Given what Tom says about the big box, and his pricing, I would go with him in a heartbeat.
     
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  12. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

    X2 for Tom, plus he's a stand-up guy!
     
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  13. 68 Wildcat

    68 Wildcat Wildcat parts? What Wildcat parts?

    Tom, I'll go for a box in the spring as the car is in storage without access at the moment so I couldn't supply a core 'till spring.
     
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  14. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    Gary,

    I'll be pulling the box on a '64 Riv. I have which I could use as a core in the meantime if your still interested.
    Just send me a PM & we could work out the details.

    Tom T.
     
  15. 68 Wildcat

    68 Wildcat Wildcat parts? What Wildcat parts?

    Still interested, PM sent.
     
  16. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    I just ordered one from Tom for my 69 wildcat.
     
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