Long story short, I found that I was missing the steering gear ball arm key. They wheels just donít like to turn without it. It seems to me that the pitman arm need to be snugged up a little more but the timing rod is keeping it from going all the way up the steering rod.
Does this look right for a í26-27 touring?
Steve, what is pictured is not the gear box. The gear box is behind the steering wheel. The end of the steering shaft requires a key and when you tighten the nut the pitman arm will seat its self onto the shaft.
Do you have the correct 3539D lower bracket with the factory number T932C in the casting? (looks like it in the picture)
Just snug the nut tight so the pitman arm is seated properly on the steering shaft - looks like the spark lever can flex some. Probably enough for the pitman to seat - can't be much more it needs to move. If it doesn't look right, then maybe the key was too big, needing some grinding?
Try pulling the shaft down. The cover at the other end holds the shaft down. I did one that I was having the same issue. When all was said and done, it was very tight down there. Could be that the body on yours and the one I worked on was /is sitting too far back or the fire wall is bent some so the column is pulled back some subtracting a bit of the shafts length at the bottom. Except for the cover on the gear box at the top, there is nothing locking the shaft in place so there can be some float between the ends.