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Refitted my 71 1800E with a used steering box as the old one was leaking, and had previously been replace with a '63 box. The replacement was dated '73, doesn't leak and has the collapsible shaft. Despite the fleabay seller stating there was lots of adjustment left, there isn't.
Does the lack of adjustment indicate bearings are gone, bushings are worn or the gears are worn? im thinking the bushings are ok as the box doesn't leak. If replacing the bearings will restore the box, I'd plan on replacing them. if it's the gears that are worn I understand that there's no hope and a good replacement box would be required.

Any insight will be helpful.

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While i cannot answer the technical questions as to adjustment life, I can attest that that finding a good used unit is a challenge. I sourced/purchased 3-4 before I found one that was deemed acceptable to rebuild. In the end, the rebuild delivered the desired level of 'tightness' but was not cheap, setting me back around $650 as I recall on top of the box purchases. Parts are equally difficult ti source - best of luck!
 

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Refitted my 71 1800E with a used steering box as the old one was leaking, and had previously been replace with a '63 box. The replacement was dated '73, doesn't leak and has the collapsible shaft. Despite the fleabay seller stating there was lots of adjustment left, there isn't.
Does the lack of adjustment indicate bearings are gone, bushings are worn or the gears are worn? im thinking the bushings are ok as the box doesn't leak. If replacing the bearings will restore the box, I'd plan on replacing them. if it's the gears that are worn I understand that there's no hope and a good replacement box would be required.

Any insight will be helpful.

Thanks.
Only inspection will tell whether the problem is bushings or bushings and bearings. I think that worn out 'gears' would be a pretty low probability event unless some previous owner decided to try and eliminate all the steering play by tightening up the adjustment screw to the max. That may result in excessive wear on the tooth faces. A rebuild kit with bushings and seals is available from Iroll motors. If the bearing are gone, I think Iroll has those separately. Scandcar also has them but shipping will make them a bit pricey.

The $650 quoted by dman27 seems like an awful lot for a steering box rebuild. Since Iroll is a full service Volvo specialist, contact them and see what they might charge. Getting used boxes can be a challenge since the Volvo steering box was a popular retro fit for steering on hot rods based on 20s- 30s US platforms.

My '71 steering box had about 180,000 + km on it when it was parked. After about 20 years of being parked, it developed a slow ooze from the lower seal due to age. Replaced the seal and everything is just fine.
 

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Where did you have it rebuilt?
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Company out of Surrey, BC - Steering Solutions - highly rated by a bunch of local rodders I spoke with. http://www.steeringsolutions.com. Crappy website, but the guy knows his stuff. Careful about timelines as he is a one man band - spring is busy, so things take a tad longer to complete.
 
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