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Old 10-05-2004, 12:01 AM
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Default RE: Rack & Pinion Conversion for T-Birds

I myself would be intrested . One thing people in the "Old Car" hobby worry about is driving their prize in todays traffic. 58-60 Tbirds are not exactly equiped for todays highways so anything we can do to make them safer........or easier to handle is GREAT !!!
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I myself would be intrested. One thing people in the "Old Car" hobby worry about is driving their prize in todays traffic. 58-60 Tbirds are not exactly equiped for todays highways so anything we can do to make them safer........or easier to handle is GREAT !!!
You got that right! Since mine is a driver (once it get's back on the road, that is) it's the biggest reason I'm trying to modernize all the suspension and braking components.
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Have you come up with a system?

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Unfortunately, forddelrio has not been on this Forum since Oct. 3 2004... He joined on Sept. 30th, 2004, made a few posts and has not been heard of since on here...
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Everyone wants a 'bolt on' kit for their car. Remember, Rack Pinion, Disk Brakes, Solid State CVRs, radial tires and a host of improvements came much later than Squarebirds.

I retrofit our '59 Galaxie with Rack and Pinion. There are hundreds of rack gears to chose from, all waiting in auto parts stores. Here is a complete remanufactured rack gear from Rockauto.com for a common Chevy and it costs $70 with no core deposit:

Notice it has two rubber mounting biscuits, waiting to be clamped to brackets.

You have to make the brackets and bolt them to your frame.

It also has a steering shaft with a 'D' configuration, waiting for a coupling.
You have to cut your car's steering shaft and fit it to a coupling or two.

It has a portion in the middle to connect tie rods to your spindle arms.
You must buy and install the tie rods (readily available at speedway.com or other fine hot rod stores).

It has two 'AN' fittings, waiting for hydraulic lines.
You have to mount a pump on your engine and run one high pressure line and a low pressure return line.

This retrofit is not hard or expensive and neither is retrofitting disk brakes. But, there is an element of liability that no vendor will assume responsibility for.

If you can fabricate, all these goodies are at your disposal. 5 LEDs in a series, run on nothing (0.02 amps @ 12-v). That's enough to light the whole trunk area using the smallest wire or ribbon foil you can find. Hot-melt glue it in spots along the way.

I noticed that fewer modern cars include a light under the hood. Then it dawned on me... who opens their hood at night? My wife's Escape sync's to her cell phone and the radio sports a USB port, but no light under the hood. I make sure I have light in my classic cars. - Dave
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sign me up. thanks steve
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If you click on his first web link from 2004 the site is still up. Don't know if they ever made a kit for Squarebirds but here is their contact info.
SEND COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS TO:

rodnut1957@gmail.com

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regards, Dave J
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Does anyone know of one to upgrade to Rack & Pinion for my 65Tbird
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I've emailed the guy a couple of times but received no response... Perhaps I should call...
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Yeah, I think that would tell you for sure if it's a stagnant web page or not. If it's old the phone will no longer be in service.

Also be sure to check your junk folder, sometimes odd stuff gets routed there.

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