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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-23-2006, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question need 69 custom coupe help

im new to classic cars. i just bought a 69 custom coupe with a 327. problem is i dont know much about cars but i am very eager to learn. one problem i have is the steering is real loose and it makes a whining noise when i turn sharply while parking and such. anyone have a clue as to what that could be? or how it could be fixed?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-23-2006, 07:37 PM
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Hey, welcome to the hobby!

Now this may seem like a stupid question...so no insult intended, but have you checked your power steering fluid level?

Assuming you have, do you have any leaks? Is the steering free and easy or stiff? My best guess without really knowing too much would be either fluid level being down (for any number of reasons) or the pump gone bad (again for any number of reasons...)

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-23-2006, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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i may sound like a stupid guy but no i havent checked the fluid level. and the steering wheel is free and easy. lots of over steer.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-24-2006, 11:54 AM
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Oversteer comes with that "Jet Smooth Chevrolet Ride" and geometry set up so there are no surprises for mom when driving.


As I mentioned in your other post; seals in the power steering pump may be bad causing fluid leak. No fluid burns up seals in pump causing leaks, it's a vicious cycle.


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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-24-2006, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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so say it is the pump or seals, how much cash am i looking at to fix it?
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-24-2006, 05:57 PM
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How much to fix? That's really impossible to answer. You have to keep in mind this car is 37 years old, there is no cut and dry answer. You can buy new pumps, replacement pumps, "new old stock" pumps, rebuilt pumps, used pumps. And that's even if it is the pump which is impossible to know for sure with the amount of info we have now. It could be as simple as the hoses for example...or a seal in the steering box itself, which would require a rebuild of the steering box. Or you could buy a new steering box, or a rebuilt one, or a used one from a wrecker, on and on it goes. Unfortunately it's not like a new car where you can say "how much to fix this" and a garage can give you an estimate.

As for oversteer, I couldn't agree more with Big Dave. There is absolutely no comparison of these late '60's chevys to todays cars in steering/handling. I've had my '69 for 10 years now and I still have to get used to the steering on the first trip out of the garage in the spring compared to my every day car. If it has the original bias ply tires, you'll find you have to fight just to keep a straight line down the road - and that's "normal"! This is why so many of these old cars were so dangerous...loads of power and nowhere near adequate handling to deal with it...and why so many old car owners today do mods and upgrades to their cars.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-24-2006, 06:06 PM
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...just a thought...after you check and/or top up your fluid level, have a look for leaks. you might need to do a good cleaning of the pump, hoses and steering box first becuase fluid drips and runs and it may be impossible to tell where it's coming from or of there is a leak without first cleaning up. If it's just low fluid, cost to fix is $3 for the fluid...

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-25-2006, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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you guys at team impala are awesome. i joined two days ago, and ive already recieved loads of info. ill keep you guys updated on this one. oversteer and all this is still the funnest car ive ever had. another quick question whats the name of the part of that silver strip that goes between the front and back windows where a pillar should be?
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-06-2006, 12:17 AM
 
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That piece would be called the vertical sash channel for the quarter window. Funny how the name is longer than the part itself. This is the chrome plated piece that the vertical weatherstrips slide into.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-11-2009, 06:06 PM
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And its pretty common for the power steering pressure hose to go bad and leak. Can be replaced easily and most parts stores will have one in stock. Like said before, you need to clean the steering box/pump real good (car wash), top off the fluid and look for leaks. And be careful when you're poking around down there with the motor running.................

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