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Old 07-05-2017, 06:09 PM
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Iv'e used a dodge omni r&p it works fine but the turning radius is ugly 22 degrees right or left of center Do you know what your chevy rack has? terry
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Dave,

I want to use your method on the bird. As I get closer I would like to ask you for more info and if you would do anything different.

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I'd be glad to help you, Keith. Remember, I have a full-size Galaxie but others have done Squarebirds. The system is very similar. I made brackets using my existing frame holes; from the steering box and the idler arm. The rack gear is rubber-mounted to the brackets just like modern cars.

All of my steering connections are done in 'double-D' joints. Tie rods and heim joints are also readily available at places like speedwaymotor.com. When properly fitted, no welding is necessary but I did use double set screws on the steering joints.

The hardest part (mentally) is cutting your steering column. I added a simple nylon bearing on the end of the housing for the steering shaft. The steering housing needs a simple bottom support because Ford used the steering box (that is now gone).

The rest bolts together. I used a power steering pump from a 1990 Mustang but just about any pump will work. The pump and R&P housing both use modern AN hydraulic fittings. Only one line is pressurized, so that line required a simple elbow at the gear and two hose clamps.

No leaks. Just like you would expect from a modern car, power rack and pinion steering works very well and lasts a long time. If you ever need parts, all the parts stores have them. - Dave
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