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345 DeSoto
07-10-2017, 02:19 PM
Using the original wiring, hooked everything up and everything works fine...gauges, lights, turn signals, etc. Will need to adjust the float setting. Only one BIG problem...steering seems to bind up as the wheels get to the end of a left turn. Have NO idea. Lubed the entire car, and all fittings took grease just fine. Any thoughts on that?

07-10-2017, 03:45 PM
What work have you done on the steering, front suspension, tires, or steering wheel?

07-10-2017, 03:52 PM
Two thoughts...

1. Pitman arm is not centered, (middle of range), Pitman shaft.

2. Bad ball joint, (probably on the left side), is shot

07-10-2017, 03:57 PM
No ball joints on a Studebaker.

07-10-2017, 04:12 PM
Steering box adjustment with worn worm gear in the center and not at the far ends.

07-11-2017, 07:14 AM
There have been instances of tie rod clamps rubbing oil pan,dont ask how i know. Luck Doofus

345 DeSoto
07-11-2017, 07:15 AM
RADIO ROY - None...just lubed everything...

Mrs K Corbin
07-11-2017, 07:29 AM
crawl under and have someone run it lock to lock back and forth..... look at the oil pan for rubbing, tie rod ends, king pins, etc.... even fender well for tire rubbing or binding.....

I had a brake line once hang up and rub the tire to the breaking point.

07-11-2017, 03:13 PM
No ball joints on a Studebaker.

Uh, the tie rod ends are ball joints. I should have emphasized the tie rod part...

07-11-2017, 03:50 PM
There have been instances of tie rod clamps rubbing oil pan,dont ask how i know. Luck Doofus

Yep, I have done that before. To check, you need to have the car sitting on the ground (not jacked up) and the steering turned in the position where the binding occurs. Jacked up, the tie rod probably will clear and not be obvious. When you find it, you will probably notice marks on the oil pan. The cure is to loosen the pinch bolt nut, & turn it down out of the way. Clearances are close and the slight turn is a big deal, (for steering clearance) but so small, you won't affect alignment.

07-11-2017, 04:53 PM
If an alignment was done, and all or too much adjustment was made to the Tie Rod on one side, (tie rod length unequal) now you are off center and turning too far Left!

OR... the Left Head Pipe is wrong or improperly installed, or the ENGINE Location is wrong.

07-12-2017, 07:08 AM
Jack up the car and put stands under the outer control arm, near shock mount and put car weight on them. that gets you close to ride height on suspension. you should be able to push on tire's to get steering effect and look for problem. Luck Doofus

345 DeSoto
07-12-2017, 01:08 PM
I'm taking it into the front end Shop. Steering, to me, is nothing to fool with...I know my limitations.

07-12-2017, 04:17 PM
Everything is new on my 55 and it will still bind a little when I first drive it each spring. I lube those king pins until the grease comes out the top and I'm good to go.

345 DeSoto
07-16-2017, 12:37 PM
UPDATE - Evidently, for SOME reason, The adjustment screw on the steering box was turned all the way in! Loosened the lock nut and turned it out an eighth of a turn. Steering is now working just fine. STILL taking it into the Shop...

07-16-2017, 01:08 PM
With your latest update, I agree it would be a good idea to take it to a front end specialist who understands Studebakers; he'd begin with re-centering the steering, and then the related linkages, to include adjusting toe in/out, and finally the cam in the steering gear box. After that, the car steering would probably have less slack in the steering while going down the road in a straight line, and handle better all around.

Problem is, where to find such an expert. None of the above require special tools, but do require knowledge. You may just have to beak out the Shop Manual, climb a learning curve, and become the expert yourself. I think you can do it! :)