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Offline 70Twister

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1970 Dearborn steering gear box finish?
« on: March 03, 2017, 11:09:57 PM »
I need to know what finish a 1970 Dearborn Mach1 steering gear box finish is? I have searched the site and sure I have over looked it!  ???Thanks!!
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Offline J_Speegle

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Re: 1970 Dearborn steering gear box finish?
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2017, 11:43:56 PM »
Natural cast iron main body with brighter machined surfaces. Nice fresh new bare metal cover. Believe the plug at the end was zinc plated. I use darkened cover retaining bolts.

Only question is did 70 Dearborn black out the top (messy black lacquer applied with a big brush producing runs of paint down the sides, that year, plant and time period. Currently I don't think judging requires it but talking about originally. Let me see if I have any pictures that show
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Re: 1970 Dearborn steering gear box finish?
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2017, 12:18:02 AM »
Thanks Jeff pictures would be great!!
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Re: 1970 Dearborn steering gear box finish?
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2017, 01:07:33 AM »
They wont be pretty :)

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Bare steel ID tag, Vent and nut at the top of the main body appear to have been zinc plated
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Re: 1970 Dearborn steering gear box finish?
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2017, 10:09:00 AM »
But if doing gearbox concours correct the whole top gets blacked out anyway as their is a note about this in the assembly manual. I have a steering gearbox from a 69 mustang that was parted out after it got wrecked with only 1000 mi. on it & some black paint is also on the shaft & rag-joint top area also.

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Re: 1970 Dearborn steering gear box finish?
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2017, 10:37:19 AM »

I have some pictures here you can see if you scroll down the page of what a restored steering box should look like.  This is copied from originals and NOS units I have and duplicates as close as possible the finishes.

http://anghelrestorations.com/services.html

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Re: 1970 Dearborn steering gear box finish?
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2017, 06:03:13 PM »
But if doing gearbox concours correct the whole top gets blacked out anyway as their is a note about this in the assembly manual. I have a steering gearbox from a 69 mustang that was parted out after it got wrecked with only 1000 mi. on it & some black paint is also on the shaft & rag-joint top area also.

So you believe that all 70 Deaborns were blacked out?   Asking since I could not find any that confirmed that. Not saying it hadn't been cleaned off at some point in the ones I have pictures of
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Re: 1970 Dearborn steering gear box finish?
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2017, 05:55:13 PM »
How about a 69 GT 350 Steering Gear Box finish, would it be the same? Mine was built in Dearborn on 1/8/1969

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Re: 1970 Dearborn steering gear box finish?
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2017, 06:30:19 PM »
First, Steve - Welcome to the site Hope you find the help and information contained here helpful in your concours related efforts and projects


How about a 69 GT 350 Steering Gear Box finish, would it be the same? Mine was built in Dearborn on 1/8/1969

Steering box metal finishes (minus the black out detail) were pretty standard through 65-70 all plants since they were done at other common sites and shipped to the car assembly plants . Paint marks and those details will vary by year, application and locations
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