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The power steering box in my '81 El Camino is leaking and has play. The engine is out so I'm considering replacing it. Has anyone used the Summit rebuilt unit?

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/a...odel/el-camino

If that's not a good choice, what is? I've been searching the forum but not finding much on replacement with a stock box.
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Cool I got the same one....

...from O'Riely's. But I ordered the MCSS quick steering box which is working great after 2 years! Good luck!

I think this is the pic of it?
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Thanks for response. The only one that O'Rielly's lists for the '81 El Camino is this one

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...ering+gear+box

but it's out of stock.

Not really interested in mods -- just looking for a good, stock replacement.
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I haven't had any good luck with parts stores "rebuilt" steering gears. Put one in the wife's Jeep, and one in my Elco. I had to adjust both of them to the factory specs in the service manuals, because both were as loose as the old ones...
Not sure about one from Summit, although I buy a lot of parts from them.....
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Cool I'll check...

...and see if I can find my billing! The quick ratio box makes a big difference and is a bolt on! FYI (Check under 1987 MCSS) Same box/fit!

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Thanks for response. The only one that O'Rielly's lists for the '81 El Camino is this one

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...ering+gear+box

but it's out of stock.

Not really interested in mods -- just looking for a good, stock replacement.
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The quick ratio box makes a big difference and is a bolt on! FYI (Check under 1987 MCSS) Same box/fit!
X2 on same box/fit. Also the same as Jeep Grand Cherokee box - which is a popular substitute. I have one on my 65 El Camino project.

You may also want to look here. I've had good luck on products from Rock Auto.

http://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/c...ring+gear,7416

The quick ratio box is the one that says 2.5 turns and ones that say "W/sport package"
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All good info! Thanks everyone for the help.

I"ll order this one. http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo....056372&jsn=455
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Ordered that one and the Delco reman pump and hose kit. The pump was also leaking and now I won't have to wonder what fluid the previous owners used.

Looks like the pump comes without the cap. Hope mine fits.
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The Cardone #276550 arrived. The sticker on the steering gear has that number but the spline for the Pittman arm is too big. The Pitman starts nicely on the original spline but will not start on the spline for the Cardone rebuilt unit. The spline on the Cardone is about .012" bigger than the original.

Do I need a different Pittman arm?
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Cool It's been awhile....

But I'm pretty sure I used the arm that was on the used M.C.S.S. box I bought used off CL but it leaked so I bought the re-built and installed it on the new/re-built one!

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The Cardone #276550 arrived. The sticker on the steering gear has that number but the spline for the Pittman arm is too big. The Pitman starts nicely on the original spline but will not start on the spline for the Cardone rebuilt unit. The spline on the Cardone is about .012" bigger than the original.

Do I need a different Pittman arm?
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Had the decimal in the wrong place. The original spline for the Pittman arm is 1.125" at the fat end of the spline. MC SS spline is 1.250 at the fat end. Assuming that's where the spline is measured, I guess I need a 1 1/4" spline for the Pittman arm.

They're probably like hen's teeth, right?
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Da box I had before this was from a Z28 so yes if you still have da original Pitman it will need to be changed.
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Found this one on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-PITMAN-A...7984#vi-ilComp

Says it fits the Monte Carlo SS box. Guess I'll order it and find out unless someone has a better idea.
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Found this one on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-PITMAN-A...7984#vi-ilComp

Says it fits the Monte Carlo SS box. Guess I'll order it and find out unless someone has a better idea.
Ad is already pulled. That should do it though if you got it.
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