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1977 359 peterbilt

Posted By Dirt gypsy Thursday, May 07, 2020 4:02 AM
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You know mark h I totally forgot about babs. I used to live in socal and worked right downs the street from babs. (If of course it's the same place.) But I will check out steelsoldiers as well thanks.
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Some info for Maradyne on the steelsoldiers.com site. Doesn't look like there are many, if any parts suppliers left. Maradyne.com air-o-matic is just a blank page. You may try contacting this company: babsteering.com, general info. 800-783-5222 or tech line 800-783-3748. One site had said that BAB can rebuild the Air-o-matic parts, but their site doesn't mention it. May be worth a call. It may be time to convert to hydraulic. I swapped my 359. It took a bit of scrounging, but I bought all the parts needed on ebay (used) for around $1200 less hoses. I'm pretty sure that any hydraulic parts will be available for quite some time. Though not as simple as an air system, for a working truck, might be the next best thing. Good luck.

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Hello all, let me just say this forum is a wealth of knowledge that most people these days overlook because their mouth is moving and their ears are shut! Where as when I got into the heavy equipment repair trade I kept my mouth shut and my ears open and absorbed all the information from the then old timers that I could. Now it seems at 40 years old I'm the old timer and our way of doing things is becoming a fairytale lol. Anyways, I recently said the hell with it and went out on my own and it has proven to be the best decision I've ever made. I'm running a 1977 359 pete vin# 88315p with a transplant engine that's a ntc 400 (original was ntc 350) cpl 349. It has a eaton 13 speed as well as a eaton 23121 rear end as it got shortened up to be a two axle truck. What I'm looking for is some information on the steering which is the old air-o-matic air assisted steering. It seems that this company meradyne(i'm sure that's spelled incorrect) is the manufacturer and supply or did supply the military with these set ups and only make runs of parts when the military asks for them. I find it hard to believe that no one has these things laying around or parts either. I'd like to find a new cylinder and the control valve or a seal kit for the control valve. ANY information or a direction to head in would be priceless. Thanks for your help. I attached a few pictures of the old girl.
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