[Healeys] DWM Uprated Steering Box

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Thu Dec 12 12:41:52 MST 2019

Thanks, Ron.  It seems reasonable that DWM might have re-used tubes from 
stock boxes that they replaced with their box (I think they do some 
repair work themselves).  I think the tube is only soldered-in.  The box 
itself looks pristine, but who knows.

I'm disappointed to hear you are not happy with the box; it's a real 
pain to R&R I know.  At this point, I'm not inclined to ship it back to 
England and will probably go ahead with the installation when I mine 
some motivation (note Bitcoin reference ;).  Steve G has installed a DWM 
worm only, and reports there is still some play at the steering wheel; 
as  far as I can tell from playing with it on the bench the new box 
seems to have little or no play but, of course, things could be 
different when installed.

Jeremy Welch himself called and admonished me that the box is just 
fine--he wanted to nip any negative reports 'in the bud'--so we shall see.


On 12/12/2019 11:16 AM, Ron Fine wrote:
> Hi Bob,
> I purchased a new DWM steering box earlier this year and communicated 
> with you about my complaints.  In my opinion, the replaced new box is 
> still not working correctly and I am not happy but not willing to 
> spend more time on it right now.
> I would suggest to you that the scratches might be from someone 
> earlier removing that box by twisting it as they pulled it out the 
> front of the car. There are two metal plates on the firewall and a 
> metal bracket and clamp behind the dash, that if not removed first, 
> might have scratched the tube.
> Good Luck with your replacement.  I am happy to offer suggestions from 
> my experience from removing and replacing this part multiple times 
> over the years.
> Ron Fine
> 61BN7
> ronfineesq at earthlink.net
> -----Original Message----- From: Bob Spidell
> Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:09 AM
> To: Healeys
> Subject: [Healeys] DWM Uprated Steering Box
> I've got one sitting on the bench (it's too cold, I'm intimidated by
> R&Ring the grill, the trafficator is a PITA, blah, blah, blah). I know
> one Lister has installed one--sorry, can't remember who off the
> top-of-my-head--but for all that have seen these I have a question: the
> 'tube' the steering shaft goes through has a bunch of fairly deep
> scratches on it, has anyone else seen this?  These are scratches in the
> metal that have been painted over; they look to be machining scratches
> as they run the length of the tube, though not continuously, and are
> slightly spiral shaped (I'll get a photo tomorrow if anyone is
> curious).  They don't bother me, as they won't be seen, but I have to
> wonder how they got there.
> Bob

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