1st Generation Toronado Steering Box

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NicolasB
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1st Generation Toronado Steering Box

Postby NicolasB » Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:13 pm

Hello again, does anyone know what the ratio is for the power steering box in a 1st generation Toronado (mine is a '69)? Mine needs to be rebuilt (leaking fluid and soaking the rubber in the steering coupler) but don't know if I should get it rebuilt, buy one that is remanufactured, or upgrade the internals of it for quick ratio. Right now my steering has way too much play and wanders on the freeway, but the main reasons for this are the steering coupler and the inner tie rods. I ordered these parts and will replace the old ones, but for those who have their steering in good shape, how "direct" is the steering box in terms of turning and performing quick maneuvers? Thanks!

NicolasB
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Re: 1st Generation Toronado Steering Box

Postby NicolasB » Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:23 pm

In RockAuto I noticed that they sell new ones from BBB Industries, but I'm not sure how good that brand is.

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Otto Skorzeny
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Re: 1st Generation Toronado Steering Box

Postby Otto Skorzeny » Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:26 am

My car steers like a typical 50 year old "good" car with power steering. I don't have any complaints with it. It's straight and comfortable on the road and doesn't require an inordinate amount of effort to do what I want it to do and I never feel as if it's too slow or requires more turns to point it in the direction I want to go.

I personally would not change the ratio but I also don't enjoy driving "new" cars. I nearly wrecked a rental Dodge truck a year ago when I pulled out of the lot because the steering was so "tight". Since all my vehicles are between 40 and 65 years old, I'm used to how they handle and how they need to be driven.

I would have your existing steering gear rebuilt. I had Lares do the steering gear on a 1976 F-150. They did a great job. They also offered the option of changing the steering ratio from 4 turns lock to lock to 2 turns lock to lock. I chose to keep it original and I'm glad I did.

I'm not auto-crossing my vehicles so I don't need the tighter steering. It also (for me) makes the vehicles less comfortable to drive on the freeway with one hand.

You can contact Lares directly: Lares offers technical support for all of their products. Please call 1-800-555-0638 to troubleshoot your issues. Misdiagnosis is common on steering components, and the technicians will help you determine if your part is the problem.


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