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#1 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 15, 2012 - 04:55 PM

One of the few problems with power kings are the unsupported steering columns. A lot of people use the steering wheel to pull themselves onto the tractor, over time the column starts to become weak and move, or break the aluminum case it goes into... not cheap. On my 71 it wobbles some and it rotates as well as slides up and down about 1/2 inch. I decided to make a brace for the column to support it.

here it is, nothing was tight when i took the pics.

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it seemed like bending the top right corner at perfect angle took forever!
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I still have to sand and paint it, but that wont take long. Then I can make a brace for my 75.

if you dont have a support on your power king, I STRONGLY suggest making one before something breaks. A new steering box case can run you up a few hundred bucks.
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Posted January 15, 2012 - 05:22 PM

Nice job!! :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:Al

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Posted January 15, 2012 - 05:54 PM

That should stiffen it up.

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Posted January 15, 2012 - 08:20 PM

Thanks for posting that. It could well save someone a pile of $ and a bunch of heartache.

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Posted January 15, 2012 - 08:21 PM

thanks! And yes it will make it much stronger, just when it was loosely bolted on (the bolt on the top that goes int the dash didnt even have a nut on it.) it would not move, but its not like I pulled very hard on it.

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Posted January 15, 2012 - 08:46 PM

Such a massive plate the box is bolted to, & then leave the column unsupported. :confuse:
That type of overlook can be found in many makes. Good job of reinforcing things!

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Posted January 15, 2012 - 09:01 PM

Great upgrade, glad it worked out well for you.

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Posted January 15, 2012 - 10:23 PM

Nice job!! That has always been a weak point on the PKs and I have yet to fab up something for mine to strengthen it.

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Posted January 16, 2012 - 12:11 AM

Thanks, mine is a little more elaborate than it needs to be but I suppose... if its worth doing, its worth over doing. I hadn't noticed how many vise marks I made until I sanded it!

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Posted January 16, 2012 - 01:29 AM

That is a good idea. Going to look at that on mine as well. Thanks!

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Posted January 16, 2012 - 04:56 AM

That is pretty neat, Ryan. You did a fine job on that brace. Thanks for sharing it.

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Posted January 16, 2012 - 01:57 PM

thanks, ill post pics of the painted part in a few minutes.

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Posted January 16, 2012 - 02:16 PM

got it painted and put on, steering column has no movement whatsoever and its very sturdy.

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this is what you would see from on the tractor.
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it doesn't look much different with paint than it did without paint but at least it wont rust.

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Posted January 16, 2012 - 03:05 PM

Good stuff. I can't help but open modification threads.
And you got it from both sides as well.

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Posted January 16, 2012 - 07:11 PM

Looks even better installed, glad you were able to get the paint to it.




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