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Old 12-28-2010, 03:06 PM
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I know, the stupid guy from Iowa has another dumb idea!
Just wondered if anyone has knowledge of installing a 61 Bird steering gearbox in a 1960 T-Bird?(power)
I had one of Ford's glorius control valve fall off the stud on my 1964 Fairlane many years ago, still a little gun-shy. thanks for any help, Henry
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Hi Henry! I am sure you are not stupid and the only dumb question is the one that was not asked! I don't know the answer to your question, but I bet one of our guys/gals do! There probably was not much difference between the two years, so I am thinking it might be possible to do that. But let's see what one of our techies who might have been down that road has to say.
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The 1960 T-Bird steering box will cross over to 1960 passenger & sedan delivery only according to the Hollander Interchange. They show an early and a late 60 on the passenger and sedan delivery. The late will fit the early but not the other way around. Search Google or eBay for Lares Corporation. They have a rebuilt unit
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:51 PM
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What I want to do is get rid of the early power steering with it's control valve on the drag link. I want a power gearbox like the late 60's fords use. thanks,Henry
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Hi;

I ran across a website where ther is a company that makes conversion to rack & pinion steeing kits for Fords and on his website says her is working on a kit for the 58-60 Tbids ... it's worth checking out...

http://www.wurthitdesigns.com/
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He's not done with the rack and pinion yet. He said maybe by Christmas when I called back in October. Give him a call if you're interested though and he'll take your number. He said he's had alot of interest for the squarebirds so hopefully its done soon!
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He's not done with the rack and pinion yet. He said maybe by Christmas when I called back in October. Give him a call if you're interested though and he'll take your number. He said he's had alot of interest for the squarebirds so hopefully its done soon!
That would be great conversion for those of us who drive them regularly. I sent an email asking to be updated also
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That would be great conversion for those of us who drive them regularly. I sent an email asking to be updated also
the rack and pinion sounds like a big improvement. Thanks for all the help.Henry
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I have two rack & pinion setups, one in my '55 Customline and one in the '59 Galaxie. Both rack gears were fashioned using Cavalier rack gears with mounting brackets that bolt into my existing frame holes. I modified my original steering columns below the firewall to fit the rack gear input shaft. I made a bracket to fit the Mustang PS pump in my Y-Block.

I gotta say, this improvement along with disk brakes and 1-1/8" sway bars brings these cars into modern times. There are no leaks. No more drifting or 'hunting' back and forth with the wheel, and like any modern car, my steering is tight with no 'roll' around corners. Parts are available at common auto parts stores. What a pleasure to drive, especially in tight places.
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