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parts for pitman steering mechanism

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 4:18 pm
by mhaefele
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.

Re: parts for pitman steering mechanism

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:17 am
by Bilge Rat
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'.

Re: parts for pitman steering mechanism

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:47 pm
by mhaefele
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.

Re: parts for pitman steering mechanism

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:18 am
by Jim Godlewski
Dave Moore at Northwood Boats in Michigan is my first call for pre war parts and information.
https://northwoodboatworks.com/

Re: parts for pitman steering mechanism

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:06 pm
by mhaefele
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?