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356A steering box needed

#1 Post by Rick Cabell »

I have a 56 356a that needs a steering box. I see prices all over the place. TRW ones are $199 which seems to cheap. Sierra Madre is selling one for $499, used on eBay for $1499.
This is not my area of expertise, any suggestions on getting a new one would be appreciated. TIA

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#2 Post by Jim Clement »

Rick
where are you located ?
and are you looking for a T1 version - two bolt or a 4 bolt version - ie late 57 / 58 T 2 car ?
 

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#3 Post by Don Gale »

Do you have your old one? Martin Willis at "The Machine Shop" in Colorado Springs rebuilds them.
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#4 Post by Rick Cabell »

Sorry, T1. I have time constraints so I would rather by one. I am sure the rebuild guy won’t turn it around in a day. The car is at the upholstery shop so I can’t check how many bolts, but I think it’s a 2 bolt.

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#5 Post by Rainer Cooney »

Rick, These VW boxes are the same as used in the 550 and I have some restored and on the shelf. Give me a call when you get a chance. Rainer

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#7 Post by Jay Darlington »

i've only seen pictures of the two bolt box but my question is are they the same as a VW ?
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#8 Post by Jay Wiener »

There’s a VW part # on it, and I would tell you it, but I just sent mine to Martin for a rebuild! You might be able to retrofit a later zf box, though I’m keeping mine stock.

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#9 Post by Steve Proctor »

If you decide to upgrade to a ZF box, there's a few in the classifieds (shameless plug...)
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#10 Post by Rick Cabell »

What are the advantages of a ZF box?

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#11 Post by Steve Proctor »

The 356 ZF steering box has a number of advantages, including:

Lighter and more sensitive driving: The 356 Speedster's Type 356 steering uses worm and roller steering, which makes driving lighter and more sensitive.

Larger components: The 356 ZF steering box has larger components, making it more durable.

Popular with off-roaders: The 356 ZF steering box has been popular with off-roaders in the past.

Since the ZF is a more robust (larger) unit, I am not sure if the ZF is a direct bolt-in replacement on some earlier cars. I recall hearing that a panel needs to be modified for fitment.
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#12 Post by Jim Clement »

Here is what a two bolt steering box looks like..
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#13 Post by Harlan Halsey »

Rick Cabell wrote: Sat Mar 02, 2024 9:06 am I have a 56 356a that needs a steering box. I see prices all over the place. TRW ones are $199 which seems to cheap. Sierra Madre is selling one for $499, used on eBay for $1499.
This is not my area of expertise, any suggestions on getting a new one would be appreciated. TIA
There's no Porsche magic to a T1 steering box, it's just a VW box. Currently sold brand new by TRW.
Switching to a T2 ZF box takes quite some effort, involving modifying the sheet metal.

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#14 Post by Rick Cabell »

Thanks, good info. Looks like I’ll me calling Rainer.

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