the most glaring problem so far was the steering ratio.
In the beginning,
it was a bit of a surprise to need to spin the wheel
2 times to make a simple turn.
(remember the axle split?)
it felt best to rack up the miles
and just deal with it before making any major changes.
I had been searching for a longer pitman arm for months,
and the Big 3 swap gave up only this GM version.
with the distance the pitman arm moves...
of course with Santa Ana winds.
and a deep chamfer ground away.
was to not accidentally reverse the conical tie rod hole direction.
but next time I'll punch a mark instead of using sharpie.
Imagine a bunch of tarps and a 5-gallon bucket.
For what it's worth,
the tig welding requires 200% concentration.
I was lucky Pandora had a good tune selection.
There was no way to match the slender Ford arm,
to the chunky GM arm,
without over-grinding a basically unseen part.
and slipped on like it was custom built.
especially a serious piece in the steering mechanism.
The first 20 or so miles were around town,
where the arm would get the most strain,
around corners and 3-point turns.
So much better.
Harder to steer but no more wide radii.
Smooth as silk.