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How do you determine where to set the steering, so that you can turn the tie rod clamps to straighten the wheels? Also, are you supposed to have equal threads on the adjusting rods first? Thanks. '66
 

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I'm not saying it's the right way, but it's the way I did it, and it worked.

I centered the steering. As the pitman on a '62-'66 only goes on one way really, I turned the steering wheel lock to the left, then lock to the right, and counted turns. I forget the number (it's not even, to be sure) but then I halved that, and returned the steering wheel to that position that was HALF the total turns. In my case, the steering wheel was NOT in a level, centered position, but the steering shaft was halfway. I also used some ratcheting tie downs to keep the steering wheel in that position.

For each of the tie rod ends, I started each of them in the threaded link with clamps loosened, and turned them 10 full turns each. I put the car on the ground and tried the best I could to line up the wheels dead straight ahead (best done on an alignment rack, but I did it in the garage). With the wheels dead straight ahead, I measured the center of the tie rod end hole on the steering knuckle to the corresponding hole on the center link, and I did that on each side. I tried to be as precise as I could, just to be in the neighborhood. Won't take the place of an alignment, but it's a starting point.

I then took the left tie rod assembly and turned each tie rod in 1 turn until the distance was as close to the measured distance between the holes the tie rod ends would fit in, then installed them, just snug, not tightened.

This got me close. I checked the wheels for 'straight ahead' again by measuring the front edge of the tires and comparing that to the trailing edge of the tires, and then tightened the tie rod end nuts.

I had to take it to be aligned properly, but this got me in the ballpark. After the alignment, I ended up having to remove the steering wheel and re-install it so that it was level when the car was headed straight ahead. The left turn angle and right turn angle are pretty darned close to the same each side.
 

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I'm not saying it's the right way, but it's the way I did it, and it worked.

I centered the steering. As the pitman on a '62-'66 only goes on one way really, I turned the steering wheel lock to the left, then lock to the right, and counted turns. I forget the number (it's not even, to be sure) but then I halved that, and returned the steering wheel to that position that was HALF the total turns. In my case, the steering wheel was NOT in a level, centered position, but the steering shaft was halfway. I also used some ratcheting tie downs to keep the steering wheel in that position.

For each of the tie rod ends, I started each of them in the threaded link with clamps loosened, and turned them 10 full turns each. I put the car on the ground and tried the best I could to line up the wheels dead straight ahead (best done on an alignment rack, but I did it in the garage). With the wheels dead straight ahead, I measured the center of the tie rod end hole on the steering knuckle to the corresponding hole on the center link, and I did that on each side. I tried to be as precise as I could, just to be in the neighborhood. Won't take the place of an alignment, but it's a starting point.

I then took the left tie rod assembly and turned each tie rod in 1 turn until the distance was as close to the measured distance between the holes the tie rod ends would fit in, then installed them, just snug, not tightened.

This got me close. I checked the wheels for 'straight ahead' again by measuring the front edge of the tires and comparing that to the trailing edge of the tires, and then tightened the tie rod end nuts.

I had to take it to be aligned properly, but this got me in the ballpark. After the alignment, I ended up having to remove the steering wheel and re-install it so that it was level when the car was headed straight ahead. The left turn angle and right turn angle are pretty darned close to the same each side.
This sounds like what I was asking for. Thanks!
 

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I just had my steering wheel off to replace the cancel cam for the turn signals. There are alignment marks on the steering wheel and shaft. I can’t remember where I read that but sure enough they are there. Not sure how important it is afterwards or if it is an assembly line thing.
 
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