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    Is it possible to put early DS long stroke steering arms in a late DS steering relay housing? I have some late housings around and want to rebuild them to put on my '61 DS.

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    Why not rebuild the early relays already on the car? I have done mine.

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    I wanted the car to be down for as short a period as possible. I figure once I get into the boxes I will find other things wrong and will need to get bearing balls, etc. My idea was to have them on the shelf ready to install before I took the car offline.
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    It won't take long to rebuild them. Make the special tool to turn the nuts. Buy the balls in advance. The parts catalogue gives number and size. The balls are actually an imperial size despite their size being given in metric in the parts catalogue. A bicycle shop is the cheapest place to buy the balls apparently. I bought new old stock races but you might find yours are OK. The job is basically pull it apart, clean it, new balls, grease and reassemble. I drilled out a bolt and soldered a grease nipple to it to make a greasing tool.

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    In the states I can get one hundred 17/64 bearing balls for about $8, so that is not really a problem.

    Are the nuts at the top of the relay housing different from the nuts at the bottom? Do I need to make two different wrenches or can I simply make something that looks like tool 1989-T (the flat spanner) to use on the bottom and also the top?
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    I think they use the same tool but cannot guarantee it. It's more than 10 years since I did the job. I have a vague recollection I used a small drift punch rather than the proper tool because the nuts were not very tight. Once one nut is out the other ought to be easy enough to remove anyway.

    Roger

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