New 77 with some questions

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  1. bhsdriller

    bhsdriller Newbie

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    Picked up a 77 recently and have a couple questions.
    1) Are there any options for replacement manual steering boxes or rebuilds? This one has tons of slop in it, adjuster screw doesn't do anything.

    2) Brakes work very well, but the back lock up with any kind of decent pedal input. Have to gently press the pedal to keep the back from locking up.

    Other than that it's solid lol. Fun cruiser

     
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    jetas Grand Toyotaholic

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    Change the tie rods, ball joints, bushings, shocks . Should tighten up the steering. For the brakes, you may have a bad master cylinder or the drums need to be adjusted
     
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    Thanks I was thinking that. Looking at the steering box while turning the wheel, all of the play is on the input side before the box sends an input to the steering components.
     
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    How does the rag joint look?
     
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    It looked ok didn't see much play there
     
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    Welcome. Nice Cruiser!
    New steering parts helped a lot on mine, took out a lot of the slop. I still haven't done the rag joint though. My brakes are similar, it's easy to lock up my truck if you give it too much pedal. I figured it's all just how a 45+yr old truck is going to be until everything gets upgraded.
     
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    Thanks the cruiser is a 75.

    Next question, the fuel gauge doesn't work. Previous owner had a access hole cut in the bed, there's an extra black/red wire that has voltage with key on. Does this go to anything or am I missing anything else?
    I put that connector on prematurely incase I had to extend the wire

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    And just another pic of the 40 for fun

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    Pull the sending unit and see if the float is still good
     
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    Fuel gage senders usually all go bad. No aftermarket units available unless something from Thailand. I replaced mine with a universal unit.
    Steering box is available, but not cheap.

    https://www.buyautoparts.com/buynow/82-70145_r
     
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    Pulled the sender out and didn't really know what to look for but the float/arm is still moving up and down. I'll research it more
     
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    I pulled the metal cover (square I think) off the top of my old unit. The copper coil winding was broken and separated. Yours will probably look the same. Good luck.
     

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