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Old 01-04-2003, 04:30 PM
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Exclamation 46 Chevy Panel, HELP ME!!

OK, I haven't built a rod in quite awhile( 20 years)but I got one I'm building and I'm stuck,BIG TIME!!! I've got a '46 Chevy panel truck and I want to put a rack and pinion in it. The truck was 1/2 built by someone else, got sick and had to sell it. Now my problem, it's got front suspension from a '87 S-10 pick-up in it already but I need a rack to finish it. I went thru parts books with mesurements and could only come up with '84 to '90 Skyhawk, Cavalier, Sunbird that would fit. These have the center movement racks in them and I don't think it will work. I know the easy way to fix it is to get the Mustang II front end kit and put that in but that is also a buget buster and a last option. The demension for the set up now is 47 1/2" from center to center of the outer tie rod studs, also have 22 3/4" inside frame rails. Can someone please help me out and tell me a rack I can use for this.
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Old 01-04-2003, 05:00 PM
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10 years ago I put a rack[Pinto] under my panel and found that after many years asking questions i found some one who explained what my problem was.
#1 I had my rack outer arms were running straight and they should run much the same angle that the bottom A arms run. I was also told that the inner joints are supposed to run the same plane,or angle that the upper arms run at their inner attachment points.In other words if you draw a line at the upper A arm swivel point to the bottom one the inner rack joints should be in that line up.
These problems will cause bump steer.I got rid of the rack last mo. and put the stock Gm steering under my set up and it works better but in doing so didn't have my outer arms running the same angle and have to raise my center link to solve this.
My bump steer is not as bad as before but I want to have it right and am working on this right now.
I got 2 books on custom suspension at the local yuppy books r us. One is called Race Car Chassis
Design And Construction by Forbes Aird and How to Build And Modify Sprotscar & Kit Car Suspension & Brakes by Des Hammill.
The 2nd book will probably be better for you and will better explain what I said above.
Hope I didn't confuse you and was of some help.

Dennis
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Old 01-05-2003, 12:02 PM
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That explainss your bumpsteer problems. When you posted "is a MustangII strong enough" you said you had bumpsteer out out you C 10 suspension and I wondered why. NOW I know why.


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