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Can you get another screw in the firewall bracket? This one scares me:

I like the idea of turning 90 degrees but Squarebirds with A/C can't use it. Hey, maybe '55-'57 birds can...
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:13 PM
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Looks like it's supposed to be there but isn't for some reason. Maybe just didn't get to it yet. The hole and spacer are there.
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:16 PM
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Here are the 3 pix that A390GT sent me. The second one shows the backside to frame adapter plate. The third one shows the only number stamped on the steering box.
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I like the idea of turning 90 degrees but Squarebirds with A/C can't use it. Hey, maybe '55-'57 birds can...
I thought the same thing when I saw the picture but there is no way to get that much bulk in that area unless the battery is relocated to the trunk or to the heater blower area. I have manual disk brakes and although the pedal effort may be a bit high, its like getting used to driving a car with manual steering after years of power steering. "Someday" I will get around to having the original fender mounted booster rebuilt and reconnected.
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Update.
Called and sent pics to Pedro at abs.
Apparently they sent me all the parts for the first gen thunderbird. I'll take some pics when new stuff comes in for comparison.
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Any luck with the new parts / pics??

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Well the new parts came in last week, tried to install the new power box this weekend but it still doesn't work. There just isn't enough room between the frame and exhaust manifold on the 352.
I'm going to call up abs today and try to figure something out.
Ill send some pics to yellowrose
I'm thinking I'm going to have to go back to the power ram setup.
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I was able to get the drivers side window in
Man what a supreme pain in the *** it is to repair the window channel felt... Insane
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The power box seemed (to me) as an easier swap than a rack system...
You may want to rethink this. Rack gears need enough room for a steering shaft. The rest tucks behind the #2 crossmember with two upright 1/4" plates that should bolt into your original steering gear mounting holes. I believe rack gears are less expensive, too. It seems every parts store has replacement/rebuilt rack gears on the shelf.

Steering with a rack gear is tighter with no steering wheel 'hunting'.

Check out this Squarebird setup: CLICK HERE.
This is a good shot of the steering shaft...

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That is the same box I have on my conversion. IF it is any consolation or option for you, it will work with headers. ABS did supply all the parts for my swap which was installed a little over a year ago. From memory, here are all the things that needed to be done:

1. Steering column shortened
2. Shifting arm and linkage to transmission modified
3. Steering shaft was splined
4. Universal joint installed
5. Pitman arm modified to accept splines of new box
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