8N steering gear adjustment

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Posted by William Mengers on April 24, 2023 at 18:02:56 [URL] [DELETE] :

I am new here and I hope I am doing this right. I couldn't figure out how to search the archives, so I will just ask my question. I have a 1948 8N. I am rebuilding the steering gearbox. It's the gearbox that has the sector shaft housings that you rotate to take out the backlash. I replaced and reamed the sector shaft bushings, I replaced all the bearings and put in a new steering shaft with a new ball nut. The old shaft was bent slightly. It wobbled some at the top of the tube as you rotated it. The manual says to rotate the housings to take out the backlash as you assemble it. I took out the backlash and then backed off by loosening it to the first set of bolt holes. So now, when I rotate the steering wheel there are intermittent places in the rotation where the steering is hard to turn and places where the steering is easy. The only thing I can think of is that somehow the shaft must somehow not be straight between the bottom and top roller bearings where the ball nut travels or the screw channels where the balls travel are not true. Am I asking too much out of this ? If I back off by rotating the sector shaft housings to loosen thing up, that results in significant play in the steering. I can return the worm shaft and ball nut, but I don't want to do that if nothing is wrong with it. Is there anyone who can suggest how I should proceed from here? Maybe there is something else I can try or check, but I don't know what that could be. Thanks a lot for any suggestions you might have.

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