B-car Rear Steer vs Front Steer - Impala Tech
 
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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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B-car Rear Steer vs Front Steer

I know that the 1965 Impala was the first Chevrolet B-car with a Saginaw, integral, recirculating ball, power steering gear. The gear was rear mounted next to the firewall and connected directly to a short steering column shaft.

Later, I think that the gear was moved forward in the car and a seperate intermediate steering shaft was needed to reach from the end of the steering column out to the forward mounted gear.

Can you indicate what model year the gear was moved forward on the Chevrolet B-car and an intermediate steering shaft was needed?

So just a point of information, FRONT STEER and REAR STEER designations are not necessarily where the steering gear is located. It is whether the steering linkage connects to the knuckles in FRONT or BEHIND the front wheel centerlines.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 06:50 PM
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All 65-70 B cars were rear steer.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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So 1971 and later B-cars had a seperate intermediate steering shaft which was required to reach from the steering column shaft to the steering gear input shaft.

I think that the later I-shafts had a plastic stone shield that was held in place by snapping it on the return line nut. The shield was required to prevent stones and other road debris from wedging between the frame rail and the I-shaft (and possibly locking up the steering shaft.) That shield was designed in my product engineering group at Saginaw Steering Gear Division.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 10:10 AM
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steering arms

buy all the rear steer X body arms i can find in the yards. (68-74 X also fits 67 -69 F )
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