How was the steering box swap? Mine drips sometimes and I was thinking about going ahead and replacing, did you go oem or aftermarket?
Went with a Delco reman unit. Was only $186. Thought about just replacing the seal because even with all the miles, my steering was really good and tight. Glad I replaced the box. When I got the old one out and on the bench I was able to wiggle the sector shaft side to side with very little effort with my thumb and 1 finger.
Anyway, It's not a horrible job but it takes a while. I have a 2 post lift so that made it easier.
Pulled both front tires.
Disconnected pitman and idler from center link.
Removed steering damper.
All that allowed the center link to drop down out of the way.
Removed the driver's side inner fender.
Removed the intercooler pipe.
Disconnected the PS lines from box.
Disconnected the steering shaft from the box.
Pulled the 3 bolts holding box to the truck frame and the unit came out the bottom.
On the bench I removed the pittman arm from the sector shaft and installed on the new box. Pitman arm is only a few months old so I re-used it.
After that it was basically just a matter of reversing the above.
Not a terrible job but took a while - even with a lift and air tools.
Not really sure how good the Delco reman unit is and how long it will last. I usually avoid reman parts like the plague but have more faith in Delco stuff and I plan to replace the truck with either a '20 or a '21 so I'll only have the truck for another year and a half max anyway.
Reading Wizard's post on this I will correct one thing he said. The steering shaft to box connection is not splined (on my truck). It is a "double D" (round with two sides shaved off). From all appearances you could get it back on 180* out but I re-connected the steering linkage first and then made sure both wheels (brake rotors) were pointed straight ahead and then moved the steering wheel a tiny bit to make sure it was right-side-up before re-connecting the steering shaft to the box.