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    318willrun Stomper 4x4... we kept energizer in business

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    I always try to go manual on the A body. So much cleaner without the power steering hoses, belt, pump and brackets, much more room around the header/manifold, and 40 lbs lighter right off the front :)
     
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      Yea I didn't think of that when I bought the gearbox I just wanted to put it back orginal. Now I'm second guessing that because of the header situation and the steering pump itself. I may run into troubles there because I have the slant 6 steering pump I bet the brackets are all different.
      What do you have to do the knuckle to convert it to manual? I'm pretty sure power vs manual have a different spline on the column where it connects to the gearbox
       
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      318willrun Stomper 4x4... we kept energizer in business

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      Get a '73 or newer manual steering box, a lot of times the pitman arm is included. then you have 3 choices.
      1. buy the adapter and use the steering column you have
      2. lock a grip on your steering column and pound the shaft down to length
      3. change the column shaft to manual.
      I've done 1 and 2. I've never changed my column to do this swap.
       
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        Where can I find the adapter? This may be an option. I'm not sure I understand #2?
         
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        318willrun Stomper 4x4... we kept energizer in business

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          Got a little more work on the heads done I am done with the exhaust ports I'm still working in the bowl area on this head and then I'm gonna go back touch up the other one some. This is about as close to the seat as I'm comfortable with @318willrun Haha! I'm gonna try and get the rest of them like this one and call it quits. I still have alot more work on the intake side I'm gonna open them just a little more to the seat.

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          318willrun Stomper 4x4... we kept energizer in business

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          Exhaust bowl looks good! Make them all match
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            Here are a few more pics
            I can honestly say that I underestimated the amount of work and time that this would take! But I'm truly enjoying the experience I really hope I have the opportunity to do it again it's been kinda fun!

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            Thanks buddy. I was really hoping to get your approval this time around hahaha! Seriously tho thanks so much for your help on this it has been alot of fun and very educational.
             
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              I got the valve cover lump grinded down a little better. And I'm almost finished with the porting process. Hopefully my socket to remove the oil plugs will get here soon and I can get this thing to the machinist.

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              • 318willrun

                318willrun Stomper 4x4... we kept energizer in business

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                  Thank you for that info I appreciate it!
                  Thank you I got some more work done on them today. I am just about done with the bowls I'm happy with the size of them and they all seem to match. Know I just gotta get some more of the 240 sanding drums to polish them up. I also got the 2nd head valve guides cut. And got the valve cover bolt lump ground down on the 2nd one. You can really see a difference in the before and after pics that's alot of material removed! I believe I'm gonna go ahead and order my valves and bearings and freeze plugs today.
                  Here I am with all my porting ppe! Lol

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                    Jadaharabi FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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                    Looks like a space alien in the second picture. Watch out they are among us.
                     
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                      Yea I know lol I didn't mean to take that pic I was taking pictures of my head and my camera got on selfie mode and I took that pic I thought it funny so I included it lol
                       
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                        You look like a ballchinian in that getup.
                         
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                        Hahaha. That's hilarious!
                         
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                        RustyRatRod 30 Degrees Outta Whack FABO Gold Member

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                        That's lookin good! Comin right along.
                         
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                          Thanks bud. I got your stuff all boxed up and ready to go my wife's printer is out of ink we had to order a new cartridge I will get it ship soon. Lol sorry for the delay.
                           
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                            Naw man it's all good. I appreciate the help. Make sure you tell me what shipping is please.
                             
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                            Ok will do. I posted a picture of the intake and head in the rocker thread I'm not sure if you saw or not.
                             
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                            That's what I'm doing. Sick of them leaking oil spewers. I might hate it, but I'm gonna try it.
                             
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                            I may try it later I have a brand new power gearbox so I can't really justify buying another one right now. I may regret that decision when install my headers lol
                             
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                            I've long said that the Chrysler power steering system gave way too much assist. Especially in an A body, I prefer manual steering.
                             
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                              It's been let's say more than a year or two since I drove an A body with manual steering. But I don't remember it being a problem.
                               
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                              Well I mean if you just got one laying around. Might as well run it, LOL
                               
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