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356A steering box needed

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 9:06 am
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

Re: 356A steering box needed

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 12:35 pm
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 ?

Re: 356A steering box needed

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 1:18 pm
by Don Gale
Do you have your old one? Martin Willis at "The Machine Shop" in Colorado Springs rebuilds them.

Re: 356A steering box needed

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 3:36 pm
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.

Re: 356A steering box needed

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 4:24 pm
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

Re: 356A steering box needed

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 9:18 pm
by Jim Liberty
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Re: 356A steering box needed

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 9:39 pm
by Jay Darlington
i've only seen pictures of the two bolt box but my question is are they the same as a VW ?
Jay D.

Re: 356A steering box needed

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2024 10:40 pm
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.

Re: 356A steering box needed

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 12:14 pm
by Steve Proctor
If you decide to upgrade to a ZF box, there's a few in the classifieds (shameless plug...)

Re: 356A steering box needed

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 1:06 pm
by Rick Cabell
What are the advantages of a ZF box?

Re: 356A steering box needed

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 1:33 pm
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.

Re: 356A steering box needed

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 3:39 pm
by Jim Clement
Here is what a two bolt steering box looks like..
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Re: 356A steering box needed

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 5:51 am
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.

Re: 356A steering box needed

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 8:13 am
by Rick Cabell
Thanks, good info. Looks like I’ll me calling Rainer.