Loose Ends
In a recirculating ball steering system, the pitman arm attaches to the center drag link on one end, and moves it from side to side as the steering wheel is turned. An idler arm attaches the opposite end of the drag link to the passenger-side framerail. Both the idler arm and pitman arm have joints that allow the drag link to move in a lateral plane. A pair of tie rods connects the drag link to the steering knuckles, which steer the front wheels from left to right. This arrangement yields a total of four ball-and-socket joints on the tie rods, and four fixed joints on the pitman and idler arms, seven of which are lubricated and sealed. As the seals erode and the joints wear out, having so many attachment points dramatically increases unwanted free-play and slop. Rebuilding the steering hardware is very straightforward. After detaching the tie rods from the steering knuckles, disconnecting the rag joint from the steering shaft, unbolting the idler arm from the framerail, and removing the pitman arm from the drag link, everything drops right out.

WHERE THE MONEY WENT
Item: PN: Price:
DSE steering box 090204 $495*
DSE rag joint 090205 $90*
DSE tie rods, adjusters, and idler arm 031607 $217*
Moog drag link DS740 $80
Jegs power steering cooler 55-60350 $60
Jegs 1/4-inch NPT adapter 100416 $5
Russell -6AN hose 632210 $42
Russell -6AN to 1/4 NPT fitting (x2) 612090 $50
Russell -6AN straight fitting 610021 $8
Grant steering wheel 1130 $132
Grant install kit 4181 $22
Total: $1,201
*Parts tallied in prior stories, not included in cost breakout below
THE COST SO FAR
Description: PHR Issue: Price:
'65 Olds Cutlass January 2010 $7,500
DSE four-link suspension January 2010 $2,345
DSE front suspension February 2010 $3,982
Baer front and rear brakes March 2010 $2,670
DSE brake booster March 2010 $375
DSE steering kit April 2010 $399
Total $17,271
SOURCE
Detroit Speed Inc.
185 McKenzie RD
Mooresville
NC  28115
704-662-3272
www.detroitspeed.com
Performance Restorations
1500 McCormick Blvd
Mundelein
IL  60060
847-566-7469
www.performancerestorations.com
JEGS
101 JEGS Place
Delaware
OH  43015
800-345-4545
www.jegs.com