Maybe not to the guy who just spent a bunch of money, but it's funny how many times we've heard about someone dumping a lot of dough into their truck to cure a problem only to find out there was a simple solution. When the subject is about how to cure steering slop in a customized classic truck there are a few key points to be covered in the diagnostic process. As a rule, it seems like the first place people look when they're trying to isolate a steering problem is to focus on the front suspension-and then stop there. Ironically, if they had started from the steering-wheel down, it often turns out the problem lies in a worn-out rag-joint or in the steering coupler. That's two good sources of slop before one even gets to the steering box. Once it's established that the steering input transferable to the steering box isn't waylaid by "parasitic loss" (a fancy term for slop), the next step is to move on to checking the steering box right on out the idler arm and tie rods.
The above information applies to any old truck ever made, but that doesn't help a fellow out much if he can't find the parts necessary to make the repairs. The guys with Chevys or Fords are usually in luck, but if a guy drives a Dodge then his fortune just turned to that stuff one emits from their excretory organ. When the time came to dial in the steering response on our '86 Dodge D150-known around the world (or at least around our offices) as the "High-School Custom"-our first thoughts were to look towards the folks at Borgeson Universal in Torrington, Connecticut, and see what they had to offer-after all they've been in steering business since 1914.