Generation Specific => First Generation 1967-1969 => Topic started by: oldskool on April 08, 2019, 04:59:01 PM

Title: 1969 Bird Steering Questions
Post by: oldskool on April 08, 2019, 04:59:01 PM
A guy on another forum is trying to locate a good '69 PS pitman arm. None are available from RARE.

My questions are :

Can you swap out all the '69 steering linkage, and replace it with '68 steering linkage ?

Can you just swap out the main steering drag link & pitman arm, or must other steering components also be swapped out ?
Title: Re: 1969 Bird Steering Questions
Post by: firebirdparts on April 15, 2019, 01:40:59 PM
I had a 69 Firebird, and while I had it, I parted out a 73 Nova SS.  It looked to me like the stuff would certainly interchange.  You need the idler arm also.  I didn't respond at first because I thought somebody else would have actually done it.  The Nova was a lot heavier duty than a 1969 Firebird, particularly the steering arm that was bolted to the spindle.  There are several different castings for that, but I think geometry was the same on the two cars I was comparing, both with power steering and both with variable ratio.  I could be wrong about the geometry, i just looked at it vs. actually swapping it. 

I don't have any idea why the Firebird was different in the first place.  The difference was just which side of the joint was male.  The 69 drag link was hard to find 25 years ago. 

The firebird pitman arm doesn't have a joint in it, so there's no reason you'd ever need one.  Thus nobody is making them.  You could say the same thing about the Chevrolet drag link, but since it will fit a 1969 Camaro, you can buy that brand new for cheap.

If he could find somebody giving up on the center link, they'd have a pitman arm to give away.
Title: Re: 1969 Bird Steering Questions
Post by: oldskool on April 19, 2019, 03:33:59 AM
After doing some research, and getting input from other sites, I have concluded that you can indeed swap EVERYTHING over to the '68 Bird steering linkage. That MUST include the curved pitman arm, which OER still makes.

It appears to me that all the linkage pieces, except the pitman arm, will also fit the 1st gen Camaro & the '68-'74 Nova. The Chevies use a straight pitman arm.

Here is the OER curved pitman arm for a PS box. The part # is 9789157