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mhaefele
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parts for pitman steering mechanism

Post by mhaefele » Fri May 31, 2019 4:18 pm

Hey guys, I have been looking for the spring, ball sockets and threaded nut that attach the rudder to the steering rod. I know the parts are probably from antique auto, but so far I have only been able to find 1/2" and 1" sizes in the drag link mechanisms. Mine is from a '38 CC double cockpit deluxe runabout and is 3/4" - 20. The guys at Snyders and Mac's can't be bothered to look for a 3/4" , and apparently there are no old-timers around to cross reference to the appropriate automobile part. ( Just missed Bratton's.) They just kept asking me what car it was for! Any idea what year and manufacturer or automobile these parts were taken from??? Thanks.
'38 Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout 17'
'58 Century Raven 22'
'35 Old Town Canoe 16'
'65 Chestnut Canoe 16'

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Re: parts for pitman steering mechanism

Post by Bilge Rat » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:17 am

Most I have seen were Ford steering components from that time period. You could try looking at McMaster Carr's website as they have a decent selection of ball joints, ball studs and clevis'.
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mhaefele
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Re: parts for pitman steering mechanism

Post by mhaefele » Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:47 pm

Thanks for the tip. Tried Mc Master and no luck. Ordered complete link asm from Mac's and will probably have to weld it to existing steering shaft.
'38 Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout 17'
'58 Century Raven 22'
'35 Old Town Canoe 16'
'65 Chestnut Canoe 16'

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Re: parts for pitman steering mechanism

Post by Jim Godlewski » Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:18 am

Dave Moore at Northwood Boats in Michigan is my first call for pre war parts and information.
https://northwoodboatworks.com/
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Re: parts for pitman steering mechanism

Post by mhaefele » Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:06 pm

Thanks for all the tips. I ended up replacing the entire unit with one purchased from Eckler. Of course, as soon as I purchased the replacement, the missing pieces turned up. Isn't that always the way?
'38 Chris Craft Deluxe Runabout 17'
'58 Century Raven 22'
'35 Old Town Canoe 16'
'65 Chestnut Canoe 16'

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